Hotels Marriott pledges support of children brought to U.S. illegally By Danny King / September 06, 2017 Share 1 -- Marriott International on Tuesday pledged support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) after the Trump administration opted to end the program that protects an estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants. "Marriott International has long supported a holistic approach to immigration reform to fix our nation's broken immigration system, which includes support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program," the company said in a statement. "We remain committed to working with Congress on broad immigration reform efforts and call on members to urgently pass the DREAM Act or other legislation to provide the certainty and permanent solution that DACA individuals deserve to remain valuable contributors to our society and economy."The company released the statement after the Trump administration said it would end the program, which the Obama administration launched in 2012. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will cease processing applications for DACA. The administration will renew permits for people whose DACA status expires within the next six months, effectively providing Congress that amount of time to potentially save DACA or at least parts of it.Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson has previously expressed his support for programs enabling undocumented immigrants to achieve legal status, most clearly in an open letter he wrote to President Donald Trump just after last year's election. "Once steps have been made to enhance security on our borders, we should move swiftly to figure out what to do with the undocumented immigrants already here," Sorenson wrote in the letter. "Let's take appropriate steps to ensure that these 11 million people can help make America stronger by paying taxes, investing in the future and continuing to contribute to our communities. It is impractical and heartless to think that we will evict all these people. Let's find a way to let them live their lives productively."