Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and 60 other tech leaders are fortifying their support for immigration advocacy ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing on the legality of President Obama’s executive actions around an expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA.) Zuckerberg and other big names in Silicon Valley have submitted friend-of-the-court brief as the justices prepare to hear oral arguments on April 18.
“Today I joined 60 technology leaders in supporting President Obama’s executive actions to prevent undocumented immigrant children from being deported,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post on March 8. Zuckerberg is a founding member of immigration advocacy group FWD.us.
While Zuckerberg and other FWD.us founders carry substantial institutional weight, the immigration advocacy group is inviting supporters from around the country to contribute to the effort with an invitation to become a signatory on the brief.
“Join Mark Zuckerberg and thousands of others in urging the Supreme Court to uphold President Obama’s executive order providing relief for millions of immigrant and American families,” a pop-up on the FWD.us home page reads.
“That we are a nation that welcomes immigrants has always been an incredible source of strength, but today’s immigration laws are broken and need fundamental reform,” a blog post from the organization reads. “Central to the efforts of FWD.us is advocating for legal status for undocumented immigrants, so that DREAMers and so many others can achieve their full potential.”
The case, which has been in the making since February of last year, springs out of President Obama’s November 2014 executive action to expand DACA and to implement DAPA. The executive orders, designed to shield nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation, were challenged by the state of Texas and 25 other states. After making its way through the appellate courts, the case is now slated to be heard before justices on the highest court in the land.
“What’s clear is that entrepreneurs and business leaders across the country support the President’s executive actions because they know that these critical policy changes will boost our economy and create American jobs,” according to the FWD.us blog post.
The court expects to hand down its final decision on the case in June.