Now that President Joe Biden signed a$ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill into law and his infrastructure plans are taking shape, there is speculation about what the next big change in government policy will be.
The politically fraught issue of immigration has been a permanent component of Washington's policy agenda for years. However, one aspect- the legalization of American immigrants brought as children to the U.S. has garnered the support of a growing chorus of undocumented CEOs.
Also known as a dreamer, this group of immigrants have business leaders among the dream class, like Cisco ’ s Chuck Robbins.
When they 're told to go home, they are home; This is the only place they have ever known and we have many of them who work for us, he told Yahoo Finance in a recent interview. Robbins wrote an op-ed for USA Today on why Congress should give Dreamers the legal status and certainty they deserve. From a business perspective, it's the right thing to do, he told Yahoo Finance.
In general, people believe this part of the immigration reform is the simplest one that we can get done. This idea is backed by a recent Pew Research survey that found 74% of Americans surveyed support legal status to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children.
In mid-March, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for the 2.5 million dreamers in the United States.
The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 passed with the support of nine Republicans 197, but faces an uphill battle in the Senate. President Biden commended the House for passing the bill and called it a critical first step in reforming our immigration system.
Pamela Granda is a producer at Yahoo Finance; Follow her on Twitter.
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