Walmart, Target back call for legislation to protect young immigrants

Walmart, Target back call for legislation to protect young immigrants
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Retail giants Walmart and Target have joined a group of roughly 800 corporations demanding legislation that works to protect young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents, according to

Reuters was the first to report the development. 

The nearly 800 U.S. companies, which include PepsiCo and Viacom, are pushing in a letter for permanent legislation that would protect recipients of the Obama-era program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). 

The letter comes after President Trump announced earlier this month he would end the program, with a six-month delay allowing members of Congress to create alternative legislation. 

A similar letter was drafted in August by, which was co-founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, prior to Trump announcing he would end the program.

The administration's announcement sparked a fierce backlash from civil rights groups and Democrats. 

The president has since met with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTo make the House of Representatives work again, make it bigger Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to discuss the issue. 

The Democrats claimed last week they had reached a deal with the president on the program; however, the White House promptly refuted the claim, saying such a deal had not yet been reached, but said the sides were "fairly close."