Wal-Mart, Target Join Apple in Call for ‘Dreamer’ Legislation
On Wednesday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and PepsiCo Inc. joined a group of nearly 800 companies calling for U.S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation. Reuters reports the retailers and other companies are asking Congress to pass a permanent replacement for DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and are placing pressure on political leaders to find a solution for the roughly 800,000 immigrants known as "Dreamers." The first letter included signatures from major technology companies such as Google Alphabet, Microsoft Corp, Amazon.com and Apple Inc.
Total Retail's Take: Retailers, technology companies and businesses alike are reaching out in support of Dreamers. Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a television interview with ABC that he was "encouraged" Democrats and President Trump have said they are near a deal on DACA legislation. Apple has said it has nearly 250 DACA beneficiaries among its ranks. In addition, Uber Technologies Inc. said it's holding a series of town hall meetings in 10 cities to to answer drivers’ questions about DACA changes, and plans to donate $500,000 to local groups for application fees and paperwork.