Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive officer and founder of Facebook, is one of numerous technology CEOs to denounce the decision of the United States’ President Trump to close a program that protects immigrants that are undocumented brought to the United States as children.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration declared that it would abolish the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which started in 2012 under the administration of former President Obama.
Zuckerberg stated that it was “a sad day” for the nation.
“The decision to end DACA is not just wrong,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. “It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.”
IBM has already announced that it stands by the “dreamers” — those that are protected by the program. Aaron Levie, Box CEO, called for Congressional action, as well as Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai.
Other technology CEOs are expected to do “everything in their power to protect their employees” from the abolition of a law protecting certain immigrants, Roger McNamee; a technology investor informed CNBC’s ” Squawk Alley ” on Tuesday.
“I don’t know the answer,” replied McNamee. “Our entire economy is based on having lots of different kinds of people in it.”
The decision of Trump comes with a six-month delay, giving an opportunity for the Congress to pass legislation to protect the country’s 800,000 dreamers.