DACA: Dreaming of a More Perfect Union
- September 25, 2017
I recently joined about 800 other business leaders including Tim Cook from Apple, Jeff Bezos from Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg from Facebook, Sundar Pichai from Google, Brad Smith and Satya Nadella from Microsoft, and many others in urging Congress to pass the bipartisan Dream Act or something similar.
I rarely speak out publicly on political issues in my role of CEO of LRW or Executive Chairman of AppliedVR, but decided to do so now because sometimes you just have to stand up for what is right. I chose this issue because these individuals are vital for the future of our economy, our society, our country. These young people grew up as Americans, brought here when they were children. They did nothing wrong. Moreover, the overwhelming majority of these Dreamers are leading very productive lives. They’re educated. They’re employed. Some even have their own successful businesses.
Now, some might argue that CEOs are speaking out on this issue for self-serving purposes. While LRW and AppliedVR may have some Dreamers on staff, I have no idea if we do and I haven’t even bothered to check to see if we do. That is not why I speak out on this issue. I speak out because it is the right thing to do.
We have a great country, and yet we seem to be stuck in a mode of opposition. We take stands opposing each other, rather than working together to build us up. We ought to be able to have open-minded discussions, sharing opposing views, thinking through them, and figuring out how to meet the needs of all people. Instead we’re stuck in ideologies that are unwavering, whether conservative or liberal. We’re stuck in the rhetoric. We should be stuck in the creative, cooperative, collaborative problem solving needed to keep our country and our world thriving.
People on both sides of the ideological spectrum agree that Dreamers should be protected, not wanting this group of young people used as pawns for ideological agendas on either side of the aisle. I am hopeful that the groundswell of support for the Dream Act will not only give the Dreamers a permanent solution they deserve, but will also get us all working together again to form a more perfect union.