IBM is making an aggressive push for legislation that would help recipients of the Deferred Action For Childhood (DACA) program, an Obama-era program that let almost 700,000 undocumented individuals who were brought to the country as minors stay and work in the U.S. .
Chris Padilla, Vice President for the Government and Regulatory Affairs at IBM, told The Hill that the company believes Congress can pass bipartisan legislation that would enshrine DACA policy into law by the end of the year.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at the beginning of September that the Trump administration would make moves to rescind DACA. The program is set to expire in March. If a legislative solution isn’t reached by then, it would be possible for U.S. immigration officers to deport the almost 700,000 so-called Dreamers — undocumented individuals who benefitted from the program — to the countries they were brought from.
Padilla said he thinks DACA provisions for Dreamers could be included as a part of a bipartisan fiscal package that Congress is trying to pass by the end of the 2017 legislative session.