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Although DACA isn't set to expire until March 5, the group requested in the letter that lawmakers pass legislation by January 19, which is the deadline for Congress to pass a bill for government funding to avoid a shutdown, The Hill reports.

"F$3 ailure to act in time will lead to businesses losing valuable talent, cause disruptions in the workforce, and will result in significant costs", the letter says.

The CEOs have settled upon this day as they maintain that doing so will give the government some time to implement a new program before DACA's expiration date.

The letter claims that allowing the program to expire could cost the USA economy $215 billion.

"Dreamers" refers to a group of roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants who were children when they arrived in the U.S. Until Trump abruptly ended it a year ago, a program known as, or DACA, allowed Dreamers to apply for work permits and avoid deportation.

The letter was sent to congressional leaders on Wednesday, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

President Trump's decision to rescind DACA is a grave injustice to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, creating crisis for immigrant families across America.

President Donald Trump announced in September he was scrapping the program, but with a six-month lag - meaning those covered by DACA would be subject to deportation starting March. He has also urged Congress to act on the matter before the program officially ends.

On Tuesday, a judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA, but the Department of Justice plans to appeal.

But the larger fight for a permanent solution for Dreamers goes on. In October, more than 60 companies joined together to form The Coalition for the American Dream.

Many of those members also signed a legal brief in support of Dreamer protection in November. "The only real solution is for Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act so that the almost 1 million people already living and working in the United States can have a future without fear".

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