FACEBOOK CEO Mark Zuckerberg and more than 60 US companies filed a Supreme Court brief in support of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. In the brief, employers say Obama’s executive orders would benefit the US economy.
“Instead of inviting the economic contributions of immigrants, our immigration enforcement policies have often inhibited the productivity of US companies and made it harder for them to compete in the global marketplace,” stated the brief, which was spearheaded by a pro-immigration reform advocacy group founded by Zuckerberg called fwd.us.
In November 2014, Obama signed actions that would expand deferred action for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States through a program called the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Permanent Lawful Residents (DAPA) and by expanding the existing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Shortly after the announcement, 26 states led by Texas filed a class action lawsuit against the actions, resulting in a temporary block of implementation of the programs.
The top court will hear oral arguments in the case on April 18 before deciding on the constitutionality of Obama’s executive orders. Also argued in the brief is that the absence of deferred action can encourage companies to hire undocumented immigrants, as they can pay them below minimum wage. “These practices drive down wages and create more dangerous working conditions for all U.S. Workers. They also expose law-abiding businesses to unfair competition,” it states.
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