Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, joined by several other influential tech insiders, filed an amici curiae to the Supreme Court trying to provide more information and hopefully influence the court in the upcoming case challenging Obama’s 2014 immigration policy implementation.
Obama’s immigration reform, under attack by the state of Texas, encompasses the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would provide up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, mainly by extending the deferred action to the parents of children here illegally.
The 71-page brief itself, brought forward by 63 tech figures, provides cited data along with hard numbers as to loss of productivity and economic benefits caused by the massive deportation and separation of parents and children due to the nation’s deportation policies.
The brief also went into detail as to the severe shortages not only in the need for manual labor in traditional jobs for illegal immigrants and immigrants with work visas, that being seasonal agricultural work, but also the more technical skilled work which also tends to be filled by immigrants.
This support from the private sector followed closely the motion for a vote that would allow the Democratic national legislators to submit their own amicus brief in support of the president in his movement to defer illegal immigrants with a possibility of future legalization. However, due to the Republican majority in Congress, it is unlikely such a motion will pass, as hinted at by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
Although Obama’s action seems to have much support, due to Justice Scalia’s recent passing, should the court split the rule 4-4, the lower court decision will be affirmed and no binding action will be able to be passed and the immigration issue would persist perhaps for years to come.