CENTER FOR IMMIGRATION STUDIES Companies seeking more cheap labor from abroad have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Obama administration, which is seeking to overturn an injunction on President Obama’s controversial Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) amnesty and an expanded version of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty.
The brief, signed by 63 employers and business interests, was spearheaded by Facebook’s lobbying arm FWD.us, which has promoted expanded immigration since it was started in 2013. In recent years, FWD.us has also produced a number of advertisements promoting amnesty, including one deceptive ad starring former presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and another featuring an inaccurate image of the American flag, apparently created by foreign tech workers who were unfamiliar with the Stars and Stripes.
The Supreme Court case is focused on DAPA and an expanded version of DACA, which, even if put into effect, would likely not benefit very many illegal aliens with tech backgrounds, and consequently would likely not benefit Facebook or the IT industry. The reason Facebook pushed for the Rubio-Schumer amnesty, of course, was not because it legalized millions of unskilled illegal aliens, but rather because the bill would have expanded visas for foreign tech workers. As the Congressional Budget Office (which analyzes legislation) found, the Rubio-Schumer bill (S.744) would have lowered the wages of high-skilled Americans (and the wages of lower-skilled Americans as well).