Solidarity and Service
- Ask law firms you use whether they will agree now to participate in pro bono programs being set up that will provide advice to DACA recipients and to businesses that employ DACA recipients.
- Commit company or contracted lawyers’ hours to provide in-house, pro-bono legal assistance at local immigrant-serving organizations. You can find a list of organizations here.
- Join the ‘I Stand With Immigrants’ initiative to promote solidarity throughout the calendar year and publicly showcase your support for immigrants/ immigration reform.
- Publish a blog post on immigrant contributions within the company/organization
- E.g.: Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month in JuneSupport local organizations and nonprofits hosting DACA renewal workshops, scholarships for DACA-eligible individuals, or other resources that benefit DACA recipients.
- Support Informed Immigrant’s work with local organizations providing immigration legal services.
- Sponsor a legal services clinic for immigration and consular services
- Donate to a Know Your Rights card fund for local immigrant-serving organizations. KYR cards have prevented civil rights violations of undocumented individuals in the past.
- Sponsor a local Know Your Rights training for a school, faith group, youth group, or other community organization
- Highlight your company’s support for DACA recipients across your platforms, such as your website and your social media accounts:
- Film and share brief videos with company leadership speaking about your company’s organizational support for DACA recipients. Please contact FWD.us if you’d like support on this project.
- Show your support on social media.
- Engage in proactive press efforts to highlight your company’s support for DACA recipients.
- Publicly call on Congress to pass a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers in a letter to the editor or ‘LTE’.
- Submit an opinion editorial (“op-ed”) from company leadership to a local news outlet. Some potential targets can be business publications that cover your industry or the major daily newspaper in your location.
- Refer to this guide for suggestions on how to write an op-ed, and feel free to reach out to FWD.us for additional assistance.
- Support local organizations and nonprofits hosting DACA renewal workshops, scholarships for DACA-eligible individuals, or other resources that benefit DACA recipients.
- Find a list of recommended organizations assisting DACA recipients here.
Past Support from the Business Community
“We’re proud to call Dreamers across the country our colleagues, friends and neighbors, and forever inspired by their resilience and strength,” said Business Roundtable Immigration Chair Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Dreamers are as American as anyone born in this country, and our laws should reflect that. Once again, we urge Congress to pass bipartisan legislation that creates a pathway to citizenship, and ends the uncertainty and fear our laws have imposed on these young people for far too long.”
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“We have seen time and again that the overwhelming majority of the American public of all political backgrounds agrees that we should protect Dreamers. DACA recipients have been critical members of our workforce, industries, and communities for years now. Their work and commitment to our companies, their families and communities are critical to our nation’s strength, especially since there are tens of thousands of DACA recipients working as front line doctors and nurses and in other critical industries fighting COVID-19.”
Coalition for the American Dream
The Supreme Court made the right decision today for Dreamers, our economy, and our country. “Removing 700,000 Dreamers protected under DACA from our economy would deny our country talent, future leaders, and an essential piece of the American workforce including teachers, nurses, doctors, farmers, and entrepreneurs. “But make no mistake, the work is not done. It is long past time for Congress to provide permanent relief for Dreamers. As we said in 2017 when the administration announced the end of the DACA program, deporting Dreamers is ‘contrary to fundamental American principles and the best interests of our country.’” Last year, the U.S. Chamber joined a merits-stage amicus brief with more than 140 companies and business associations in support of the DACA program.
“IBM’s #Dreamers have worked hard and have overcome many obstacles to pursue their education and become talented professionals valued by our company, our clients and our communities.”
Diane Gherson, IBM
“The TBLC welcomes the Supreme Court decision that will safeguard the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients in the United States. These Dreamers play an important role in strengthening our economy, contributing over $2 billion each year nationwide in state and local taxes. The TBLC looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress to encourage a bipartisan solution that will offer permanent protection to DACA recipients moving forward.”
Texas Business Council
“The 478 Dreamers at Apple are members of our collective family. With creativity and passion, they’ve made us a stronger, more innovative American company. We’re glad for today’s decision and will keep fighting until DACA’s protections are permanent.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook
Dreamer Resource Center