Standing with Dreamers in court and in our communities
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on three cases that asked whether the Trump Administration lawfully rescinded protections for Dreamers, the group of over 700,000 young people who came to the U.S. as children. At Postmates, we believe the answer to that question is simple: No. That’s exactly what we told the Supreme Court, because Postmates will always stand up for the rights of immigrants and all people.
These cases got us thinking about the inclusive, welcoming community we’re trying to build and and that our marketplace represents around the country. At Postmates, we think a lot about community because we know our success depends on our fleet of couriers , our customers, and the many diverse, dynamic neighborhoods all over the nation that we call home. That’s why we expressly prohibit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation. It’s why we’ve consistently spoken out on the importance of supporting immigrants. It’s why we’ve worked to promote the ACLU’s Know Your Rights information for Dreamers in our app. And it’s why we recruit, hire, and provide professional development to DACA recipients through apprentice & pre-apprenticeship programs.
This isn’t just the right thing to do — we’ve also seen first-hand that embracing immigrants is good for business and enhances our competitiveness. Our founder emigrated from Germany, our first-ever employee was born in Myanmar, and the high-quality food and goods sold on our platform are made and sold by local merchants of all stripes and backgrounds.
Finding unity in diversity is what makes Postmates successful. It’s also what makes America successful. Welcoming immigrants from around the world is woven into our country’s DNA. It made the United States a beacon of opportunity and innovation and drew generations of entrepreneurs to our shores. It made our communities vibrant and strong.
DACA is a great example. Dreamers are 15 percent more likely to start a business than their U.S.-born counterparts. It’s estimated that nearly a fifth of recipients are currently working toward college degrees. And we thanked many Dreamers for their military service on Veterans Day this past Monday. They are young people who play on our high school football teams and stand up each day to pledge allegiance to our flag. They are paramedics who rush towards emergencies and school teachers who spend their own money to buy supplies for their kids. They are Americans in their hearts, minds, and every single way but one: on paper. And whatever the Supreme Court decides, they deserve our support.
As Americans, we can give in to bigotry, or we can look to the best and brightest in our communities and recognize that diversity is what will lead us to a better future. At Postmates, we choose the latter. We hope you’ll join us.