CTA Presses Congress to Find Way to Legalize DREAMers

With the tech industry relying on expertise imported from other countries and the highly skilled innovators that immigrate to the U.S. for the opportunity to turn their dreams into reality, and dollars, the Consumer Technology Association is pressing Congress to fix the system.

That means finding a way for Dreamers to stay in the country. Dreamers, or DREAMers (from the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act bills that have so far failed to pass) are immigrants who are children of illegal/undocumented residents.

"Imagine if we had turned away half of Silicon Valley's immigrant entrepreneurs. We wouldn't have many of the innovations we enjoy today or the 44 immigrant-founded billion-dollar startups that employ hundreds of thousands of Americans," said CTA President Gary Shapiro in advance of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with a mouthful of a title: "The Long-term Impact of Immigration: Exploring Reforms to our Nation's Guest Worker Programs and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA}, and their Potential Impact on the American Economy and Local Communities."

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President Donald Trump is ending the DACA program, but gave Congress six months to figure out a legislative solution that does not punish the children of illegal immigrants for the actions of their parents.

"If Congress doesn't find a permanent solution for DACA recipients, we can say goodbye to the millions of dollars Dreamers contribute to the American economy," said Shapiro. "Immigration doesn't break us as a nation - it strengthens us."

(Photo via Molly Adams’s flickr. Image uploaded on Sept. 11, 2017 and used per Creative Commons 2.0 license. The photo was cropped to fit the 16x9 aspect ratio.)

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.