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IBM to Lobby Congress With 'Dreamers'

IBM to Lobby Congress With 'Dreamers'
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By    |   Tuesday, 03 October 2017 12:12 PM

IBM will lobby Congress for protections to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by sending 30 "Dreamers," as those in the program are known, to Washington, Axios reports.

Many technology companies, such as Microsoft, Amazon and Apple, have dreamer employees, but none of their CEOs are as close to President Donald Trump's administration as IBM head Ginni Rometty, who has become the only major tech industry CEO to lobby Congress and the White House on this issue.

IBM also launched a new THINKPolicy series of profiles on dreamers, where they can tell their stories under the cover of anonymity.

"I was born in Mexico, and was brought here by my parents when I was 13," the first dreamer writes. "I quickly adjusted to life here, and felt like a typical American kid. I studied hard. I became the captain of my cross country team, and I was company commander of my ROTC team. I had always wanted to go to college — I'd be the first of my family to do so, and it represented the promise that this great country stands for."

Eventually, this dreamer got offered a job at IBM and was able to apply for a work permit through DACA.

"I encourage Members of Congress to allow Dreamers like me to continue to embrace, and help improve, the collective American wellbeing by driving American innovation and economic growth," they add. "It is time to realize the real dimension, the indubitable potential and the tremendous strength that Dreamers have. I am hoping that lawmakers from all leanings can come together to allow Dreamers to stay permanently in this country we all call home."

IBM employed a similar strategy to lobby against the Texas "bathroom bill," by bringing employees to Austin to speak with state lawmakers.

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IBM will lobby Congress for protections to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by sending 30 "Dreamers," as those in the program are known, to Washington, Axios reports.
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