The letter supporting the Obama era Deferred Action Program for Arrivals of Children (DACA) was sent by the American Dream Coalition, and has been signed by more than 100 companies, including Apple, Hilton Worldwide, General Motors, Starbucks, Google and Amazon.
“This is not the time to disrupt the economic recovery of our businesses and our communities, nor is it the time to endanger the health and safety of these vulnerable people,” the letter said. “We ask you to leave the DACA in place and not to take any additional administrative measures that would have a negative impact on the DACA program. ”
IBM, one of the signatories to the letter, told CNN Business in a statement why it signed the letter.
“Dreamers make an invaluable contribution to businesses and communities across the country,” said Christopher A. Padilla, IBM vice president for government and regulatory affairs. “There is no benefit in subjecting these young men and women to more unilateral action and long fighting in court. “
In his view, Roberts did not question whether the Trump administration had the power to end the program, only that it had not followed proper procedures. “We don’t decide whether DACA or its removal is good policy,” wrote Roberts. “The wisdom of these decisions does not concern us. We only wonder if the agency has complied with the procedural requirement to provide a reasoned explanation for its action, ”writes Roberts.
Trump immediately announced that he would be releasing a new memo to end DACA, as directed by the court, which would once again put dreamers in a limbo.
In an interview with Telemundo on Friday, Trump said he still plans to cancel the policy. “DACA will be fine. We put it on, “Trump told the Spanish-speaking network. “I’m going to make a big executive order, I have the power to do it as president and I’m going to be part of it. ”
He added, “But we put it on and then we’ll probably take it off. We are working on the legal complexities at the moment, but I will be signing a very important immigration bill as an executive. order, that the Supreme Court now, because of the DACA decision, has given me the authority to do so. ”
Trump has said that one aspect of the executive order would include “a road to citizenship.”
After Trump’s interview, the White House assistant press secretary, Judd Deere, tried to clarify the president’s remarks.
“As the President announced today, he is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system to better protect American workers,” said Deere Friday. “In addition, the President has long said that he is willing to work with Congress on a negotiated legislative solution to the DACA, which could include citizenship, as well as strong border security and permanent merit-based reforms. . This does not include amnesty. ”
When contacted for comment on Saturday, the White House referred CNN Business to Deere’s earlier statement.
In an interview with Fox and Friends on Saturday morning, the Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said the president was talking about two separate things.
The first, he said, is an executive order that would establish a “merit-based immigration system”.
One of the members of the American Dream Coalition, Todd Schulte, president of FWD, a bipartisan advocacy organization founded by business leaders, told CNN Business his views on Trump’s words.
“Either he gets rid of DACA, in which case he does everything he can to subject the dreamers to deportation, or he can keep DACA,” added Schulte. ” It’s very simple. DACA. It’s like Orwellian nonsense. ”
CNN’s Nikki Carvajal, Priscilla Alvarez, Nicky Robertson and Alison Main contributed to this report.