Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017.
The announcement prompted responses from CEOs and their companies. Weber Shandwick, as part of our ongoing series of research and analysis over high-impact societal issues, began monitoring and collecting responses in reaction to the announcement. By September 8, 2017, we collected 62 responses. While some companies voiced opinions prior to this announcement, the majority of responses came within 24 hours of the announcement.
We found that 77 percent of all responses came from CEOs, former CEOs or founders. Half of all responses came from California – the state with the highest population of DACA recipients. And 94 percent came from companies with headquarters that, in the 2016 presidential election, leaned Democratic.
Almost three-quarters of the responses conveyed support for Dreamers, highlighting the group’s contributions to individual companies, the economy and communities, while other statements recognized the hardships that DACA’s repeal might induce. At least one-third of response reflected on American society and how treatment of Dreamers should align with the nation’s fundamental values.