Leaders of American Industry Call on Congress to Protect Dreamers Now

January 10, 2018


Dear Dear Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, and Leader Pelosi:


We write to urge Congress to act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are currently living, working, and contributing to our communities to continue doing so. The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country.

It is critical that Congress act to pass legislation before January 19th. This window of action leaves only 45 days for implementation prior to March 5th. As a bipartisan group of former DHS secretaries recently wrote, it will take time for the agency to implement any program outlined by Congress, underscoring the absolute urgency of the January 19th deadline. In addition to causing a tremendous upheaval in the lives of DACA employees, failure to act in time will lead to businesses losing valuable talent, cause disruptions in the workforce, and will result in significant costs.

Studies by economists across the ideological spectrum have also determined that if Congress fails to act our economy could lose $215 billion in GDP.

We have seen time and again that the overwhelming majority of the American public of all political backgrounds agrees that we should protect Dreamers from deportation.

While delay or inaction will cause significant negative impact to businesses, hundreds of thousands of deserving young people across the country are counting on you to work in a bipartisan way to pass permanent legislative protection for Dreamers without further delay.


NameTitle and Company
Ginni RomettyChairman, President and CEO, IBM Corporation
Matthew ShayPresident & CEO, National Retail Federation
Arne SorensonPresident and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.
Mary BarraChairman & CEO, General Motors
Mark ZuckerbergFounder and CEO, Facebook
Brad SmithPresident and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Drew HoustonFounder & CEO, Dropbox
Laurene Powell JobsFounder & President, Emerson Collective
Chip BerghCEO and President, Levi Strauss & Co.
Lowell C. McAdamChairman and CEO, Verizon
James L. “Jim” DinkinsPresident, Coca-Cola North America, The Coca-Cola Company
Jay TimmonsPresident and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers
Randall StephensonChairman and Chief Executive Officer, AT&T
Hubert JolyChairman and CEO, Best Buy Co., Inc.
Bastian LehmannCEO & Co-Founder, Postmates
Brian CornellChairman and CEO, Target
Sandy KennedyPresident, Retail Industry Leaders Association
Stephane KasrielCEO, Upwork
Alfred F. Kelly Jr.Chief Executive Officer, Visa Inc.
Tom LinebargerChairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cummins Inc.
Chris NassettaCEO, Hilton
Sanjay MehrotraPresident and CEO, Micron Technology, Inc.
Alex GorskyChairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson
Gary KellyChairman and Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Airlines
Jeremy LevinePartner, Bessemer Venture Partners
Eric J. GertlerChairman, USNews & World Report
Stephen A. SchwarzmanChairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Blackstone
Julie SweetChief Executive Officer - North America, Accenture
Meg WhitmanChief Executive Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Elie W. MaaloufCEO, The Americas, InterContinental Hotels Group
Hikmet ErsekPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Director, The Western Union Company
Jeff WeinerCEO, LinkedIn
Jeff BezosCEO, Amazon
John DonahoeCEO, ServiceNow
Gary AcostaCo-Founder and CEO, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
David FrenchExecutive Director, National Council of Chain Restaurants
Tim ArmstrongCEO, Oath
Marc BenioffChairman and CEO, Salesforce
Sundar PichaiCEO, Google Inc.
Sharron BradleyCEO, Home Furnishings Association
Gerald ChertavianFounder and CEO, Year Up
Tim CookCEO, Apple
Barry DillerChairman & Senior Executive, IAC and Expedia, Inc.
Ric EliasCEO, Red Ventures
Ajay BangaPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Mastercard
Neil BlumenthalCo-Founder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker
Dave GilboaCo-Founder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker
Paul MetselaarChairman and CEO, Ovation Travel Group
Donald E. GrahamChairman, Graham Holdings Company
Lisa HookPresident and CEO, Neustar, Inc.
Dara KhosrowshahiCEO, Uber Technologies, Inc.
Sheryl SandbergCOO, Facebook
Jim KittleChairman, Kittle's Furniture
Chuck RobbinsCEO, Cisco Systems
Brian CheskyCo-founder, CEO, Head of Community, Airbnb
Reid RibbleCEO, National Roofing Contractors Association
Brook KohnCo-Founder and CEO, DACA Time
Aaron LevieCEO, Co-Founder & Chairman, Box
Ron ConwayFounder, SV Angel
Stewart ButterfieldCEO, Slack
Jon OringerFounder & CEO, Shutterstock, Inc.
François Locoh-DonouPresident and CEO, F5 Networks
Erika LucasFounder & CEO, StitchCrew
Jake SchwartzCEO and Co-Founder, General Assembly
Linda MoorePresident & CEO, TechNet
Javier PalomarezPresident and CEO, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Dan SchulmanPresident and CEO, PayPal
Jack DorseyCEO, Twitter and Square
Hadi PartoviCEO, Code.org
Pedro PizarroPresident & CEO, Edison International
Andrew Roland HeardVice President, Xtrac Inc.
Brad D. SmithChairman and CEO, Intuit, Inc.
Glenn HamerPresident & CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Kevin PlankFounder and CEO, Under Armour
David Colby ReedCEO, Foossa LLC
Logan GreenCo-Founder, Lyft
John ZimmerCo-Founder, Lyft
Jesse MartinezCEO, Latino Startup Alliance and CareerForce
Brynne S. KennedyFounder & CEO, MOVE Guides
James D. Robinson IIIGeneral Partner, RRE Ventures
Wendy KallergisPresident & CEO, Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association
Jody RosePresident, New England Venture Capital Association
Herb ScannellCEO, mitú, Inc.
Lars PeterssonPresident & CEO, IKEA North America Services, LLC
Todd SchultePresident, FWD.us
Harry OrchardCEO, Gabbit, Inc.
Patrick SpenceCEO, Sonos
Daniel James ScottCEO, Tampa Bay Tech
Dan TeranCEO, Managed by Q
Randy FalcoPresident & CEO, Univision Communications Inc.
Geoff MamletExecutive Chairman, Impact Hub Boston
Kevin JohnsonPresident & Chief Executive Officer, Starbucks Coffee Company
Dion WeislerPresident & Chief Executive Officer, HP Inc.
John CannadayCEO, International Language Connection ILC
Matzine SanchezPresident, Prospanica Indianapolis
Marlene DotsonCEO, Indiana Latino Institute
Rob BurnettePresident and CEO, W.S. Badcock Corp.
Steven KolbCEO and President, Council of Fashion Designers of America
Edmund O. Schweitzer IIIPresident, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
David MandelbrotCEO, Indiegogo
Tim RoweFounder and CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center
Michael FaroPresident, CEO, Mota Group
Ryan D. MatznerCofounder, Fueled
Jim CoulterCo-CEO, TPG
Jon WinkelriedCo-CEO, TPG
Todd McKinnonCEO and Co-Founder, Okta
Jerry TaylorPresident, Niskanen Center
Josh SilvermanCEO, Etsy, Inc.
Esther D. BrimmerExecutive Director & CEO, NAFSA
Austin T. Fragomen, Jr.Chairman, Council for Global Immigration
John M. LynnCo-Founder, Partner, The Studio Project
Toby GabrinerPresident & CEO, AdRoll, Inc.
Devin WenigPresident and CEO, eBay Inc.
Brian KrzanichCEO, Intel
Darian ShiraziCEO & Founder, Radius
Zander LurieCEO, SurveyMonkey Inc.
Chris CranePresident and CEO, Exelon
Art PeckPresident and CEO, Gap Inc.
Katherine LugarPresident & CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association
Brian J. FrumbergCEO & Founder, VentureOut
Tony XuCo-Founder and CEO, DoorDash, Inc.
Roger LynchCEO, Pandora
Dan YagerPresident & CEO, HR Policy Association
Michael GilesOwner, Dynamic Capabilities, LLC
Mario RamosOwner, Mario Ramos Law PLLC
James BostCEO, Insight Research
Johnny BassOwner, Bass Business Solutions
Paul FoxPrincipal, 310 Architecture
Andrew MartinezChief Executive Officer, Revv Enterprises & Brands
Janna MasseyCEO, Sweet Southern Shore
Jere GaultCEO, Jere Gault Commercial Real Estate Services
Jessie GomezCEO, Farm Fresh Market
Deborah DeniseCEO, Panache Creations
Chris ClarkPresident and CEO, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Logan JayCEO, Premier Business Solutuions
Leo MirandaCEO, US Marketing Group Inc.
Raul PerezOwner, Ciales Poultry Store
Gary ToebbenPresident/CEO, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Fernali FerillePresident, Global Benefits Trust
Carlos AlvarezOwner, Alvarez and Associates
Peter AguileraOwner, AA Electric
Allyson P. SharpOwner, Page Solutions