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Content Guy’s Note: Stories in this section are, in my estimation, important and relevant to business. However, they are relegated to this slot because some MNB readers have made clear that they prefer a politics-free MNB; I can't do that because sometimes the news calls out for coverage and commentary, but at least I can make it easy for folks to skip it if they so desire.

Reuters reports that Walmart, Target and PepsiCo have joined a coalition of 800 companies “calling in a letter for U.S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation … The retailers and other companies asking Congress to pass a permanent replacement for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, reflect broadening pressure on political leaders to find a solution for the roughly 800,000 immigrants known as ‘Dreamers’.”

A similar letter from a smaller group - largely made up of technology companies - was aimed at persuading President Donald Trump not to DACA through executive order; it failed, though Trump subsequently said that he would revisit the issue if Congress failed to come up with a permanent DACA solution. The new letter comes from a much larger group of companies from a broader number of sectors.

“The DREAM Act, first introduced in Congress in 2001, would provide Dreamers with a way to become U.S. citizens after first becoming permanent residents,” the Times writes. “DACA, a set of executive actions introduced by President Barack Obama in 2012, didn't include a pathway to citizenship, which would require an act of Congress. Some conservatives in particular object to offering citizenship to DACA recipients.”
KC's View:
The Dreamers have done nothing wrong - they were brought here by their parents, and the vast majority of them, as I understand it, have worked hard, gone to school, pay taxes, and know America as their home. They are, in my opinion, a lot more reflective of the American dream and promise than the small minority of people who think it is okay to march with torches and be rhapsodic about a time when white males dominated the landscape. I applaud the technology companies who have led the way on this one, and companies like Walmart who are hoping to preserve their dreams.