This One Is For The DREAMers
On Thursday March 28th, Postmates submitted the following letter of support applauding the introduction of House and Senate legislation that seeks to defend and support the thousands of DREAMers in this country that help make our story thrive.
If a product is picked up by an immigrant college student from a Muslim owned restaurant and dropped off to a veteran neighbor down the road, we believe the ability of three-sided marketplace to thrive demands public policies that balance smart immigration reforms with a spirit of inclusivity.
March 28, 2019
Senator Lindsey Graham Senator Richard Durbin
Chairman Assistant Minority Leader
Senate Committee on the Judiciary U.S. Senate
290 Russell Senate Office Building 711 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Chairman Graham and Assistant Minority Leader Durbin:
We write to thank you for re-introducing the Dream Act of 2019, and convey our support for your legislation. Your steady, outspoken support for the rights of immigrants of all stripes, and their ability to live and work legally in the United States, directly affects American companies, like Postmates.
Postmates is an American-born technology marketplace that helps people unlock the best of their communities by connecting customers to local neighborhood merchants through a reliable on-demand “anything” network, powered by an app. Launched in 2011 with an immigrant CEO, Postmates pioneered the on-demand delivery movement in the United States by offering delivery from restaurants and stores previously only available offline. The company now operates in 3,000 U.S. cities, as well as Mexico City, and provides access to over 320,000 merchants through a network of 300,000 Postmates couriers.
While some companies try to build a warehouse outside of cities and then funnel goods into it, Postmates believes that our cities, our towns, and our communities are our warehouses. By connecting local products, tastes, and goods to local customers through a national, flexible workforce, Postmates is both transforming the way commerce is moving in our towns and giving brick & mortar retailers a level playing field to compete against e-commerce retail goliaths, by driving over $1.2 billion annually in local retail sales (2017).
Our human capital is our backbone — it is what drives our company’s success. If a product is picked up by an immigrant college student from a Muslim-owned restaurant and dropped off to a veteran neighbor down the road, we believe the ability of three-sided marketplace to thrive demands public policies that balance smart immigration reforms with a spirit of inclusivity. We rely on both American-born employees and immigrants to fuel our vision for the way technology is transforming food delivery services. And simply put, we cannot succeed without them. Your legislation will enable more immigrants to contribute to the communities we serve and support their families through flexible work schedules offered by companies like Postmates.
Thank you again for your ongoing support for the rights of Dreamers and all of those who seek a life in the United States where they can work hard, build community, and support their families.
Vikrum D. Aiyer
VP of Public Policy & Strategic Communications