Friday, October 4, 2019 01:32 PM
By: Todd Beamon

More than 140 companies and 18 top business associations signed on to an amicus brief filed Friday supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which will be challenged by the Trump administration at the Supreme Court next month.

"Eliminating DACA will inflict serious harm on U.S. companies, all workers, and the American economy as a whole," the brief says. "Companies will lose valued employees. Workers will lose employers and coworkers.

"Our national GDP will lose between $350 and $460.3 billion, and tax revenues will be reduced by approximately $90 billion, over the next decade."

The signatories to the brief, filed by Coalition for the American Dream, include some of the nation's largest companies and trade associations.

Among them are Facebook, Tesla, Verizon, Target, Ikea, Starbucks, Western Union, AirBnB, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the National Retail Federation.

Apple and Microsoft recently filed briefs in the case, and the government of Mexico followed suit Thursday.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Nov. 12 on three cases in which lower courts ruled that President Donald Trump's termination of DACA in September 2017 was illegal.

Despite the Trump action, courts have required the Department of Homeland Security, which administers DACA, to continue processing applications.

DACA, created by former President Barack Obama in 2010 by executive order, allowed illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to remain and apply for work permits.

Trump's decision affected as many as 800,000 illegals.

"Adobe would not be the company it is today without our rich diversity of employees, and that continued diversity is vital to our future," Dana Rao, the tech company's executive vice president and general counsel, said in the release announcing the brief.