Major tech lobbying group urges Trump to end family separations at border

Major tech lobbying group urges Trump to end family separations at border
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A group that lobbies on behalf of major technology companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google is pushing President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE to end the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We also believe strongly that separating children from their parents runs contrary to the ideals our country holds most dear,” said Dean Garfield, president and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI).

“We urge the administration to end the forcible separation of families at the border,” he continued.

Garfield also called on Congress to consider a "permanent legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients" as the House weighs a pair of immigration bills this week.

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President Trump announced last year that he would scrap the Obama-era program shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The policy expired in March without a legislative replacement in Congress, but has been tied up in courts.

Meanwhile, ITI joins a growing chorus of technology industry groups that have come out against the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

The policy, implemented earlier this year, separates children from parents who are prosecuted for illegally crossing the border.

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Reports revealing the conditions of detention centers housing children separated from their parents have caused a firestorm, with a growing number of Republicans including former first lady Laura Bush openly criticizing the practice.