Las Vegas casino operating giants Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International are appealing to members of Congress to pass a law that will shield undocumented immigrants from being deported. Caesars and MGM made this appeal just days after president Donald Trump’s administration announced that it will be rescinding protection it offered to young immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as minors.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival programme (DACA) was created in 2012 under former president Obama to allow people who were brought to the US illegally as minors the temporary right to live in America, as well as to study and work in the country. Both casino operators are now allegedly preparing themselves for the end of the DACA policy, which could severely impact their operations considering that many of the affected immigrants are working at Las Vegas’ most successful casinos.
Executive Vice President of Caesars Richard Broome noted that Caesars has DACA employees, and the operator supports their efforts to gain US citizenship. The company will also continue to support immigration reform, according to Richards, who is the head of public affairs and communications at the multi-national gambling giant. MGM Resorts International is also supporting individuals affected by the change of legislation, urging Congress to pass what they have termed a ‘long-overdue and comprehensive immigration reform’.
The firm is urging Congress to address the matter quickly so that young people can look forward to a stable future, and also so that MGM can retain the strong workforce it has built over the years.
Both MGM and Caesars have noted that they still don’t know the exact number of employees that will be affected by the abolition of DACA. Meanwhile, Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas Sands have remained silent, as owners Steve Wynn and Sheldon Adelson are both known to be Trump allies.
The Culinary Union, representing over 57,000 bartenders and food servers in the popular gambling destination, has also appealed to employers to support their immigrant employees. The union has called on all of the Las Vegas casino employers along the Vegas Strip and in downtown Vegas to ‘stand with their workforces’ and to not let the ‘immoral decision’ by the Trump administration pass without opposition.