BY RAFAEL BERNAL
A group of immigrants that included Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries rang the opening bell for the NASDAQ stock exchange on Wednesday, one day after the House passed a bill that would grant them permanent residency.
#Dreamers and new immigrants joined @microsoft behind the podium this morning. We value the contributions of immigrants across all industries. Thank you for helping us celebrate #ImmigrantHeritageMonth! pic.twitter.com/kuNJz1Pjw6
— Nasdaq (@Nasdaq) June 5, 2019
The immigrants are in New York for a set of meetings with business and community leaders put together by the Libre Initiative and Stand Together, part of megadonor Charles Koch’s political network, and business partners including Microsoft, the largest company traded on NASDAQ, by market capitalization.
The immigrants were chosen to ring the opening bell to kick off immigrant heritage month.
Daniel Garza, president of Libre, and Jorge Lima, senior vice president of immigration for Stand Together said in a statement that “while immigration is good for our country, our current system is not.”
“These talented young people want to help build a better and stronger America. All they’re asking for is an end to the uncertainty that our broken laws create,” they added.
Dreamers, undocumented immigrants brought to the country as minors, and TPS holders are also celebrating passage of the Dream and Promise Act in the House on Tuesday, which would give them permanent residency with a path to citizenship.