Microsoft and Apple have pledged to fight back against President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which places more than 800,000 undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children at risk of deportation.
“If Congress fails to act, our company will exercise its legal rights properly to help protect our employees,” Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post yesterday, shortly after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Trump administration would dismantle the program.
“If the government seeks to deport any one of them, we will provide and pay for their legal counsel… We say this even though Microsoft, like many other companies, cares greatly about modernizing the tax system and making it fairer and more competitive. But we need to put the humanitarian needs of these 800,000 people on the legislative calendar before a tax bill.”
Smith said Microsoft will also explore whether it can intervene in any such case: 30 “DREAMers,” as those individuals who’ve benefited from the program are known, currently work at the tech company.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made a similar pledge in a post on LinkedIn:
As I shared at the White House in June, I am a product of two uniquely American attributes: the ingenuity of American technology reaching me where I was growing up, fueling my dreams, and the enlightened immigration policy that allowed me to pursue my dreams… As a CEO, I see each day the direct contributions that talented employees from around the world bring to our company, our customers and to the broader economy. We care deeply about the DREAMers who work at Microsoft and fully support them. We will always stand for diversity and economic opportunity for everyone. It is core to who we are at Microsoft and I believe it is core to what America is.
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