Hundreds of tech leaders – from the Silicon Valley in America – have univocally united and co-signed a letter titled “Leaders of American Industry on DACA” calling out for the Trump administration to reconsider its move to shut down the Obama-era “Dreamers” immigration program. The Dreamers program or more precisely Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) enables individuals who come to the US as children to continue to live, study, and work in the United States. Individuals must be younger than 16 on arrival and must also continue to meet a series of stringent rules, in order to guarantee the afore-mentioned under DACA.
Trump has been against DACA for a long time now. In fact, the US President had vowed to shut down the program on the first day of his presidency. Only now it seems, the Trump administration is looking to go ahead with the move and formally shut down the program. The program has notably enabled nearly eight lakh undocumented individuals – from varied nationalities and groups – to live, study, and work in the United States so far. A lot of them work for major tech companies, holding key positions and responsibilities, which is why the whole tech fraternity seems to have joined hands against the move.
Also Read: America first: Trump signs order that discourages hiring of Indian IT workers
Signatories include Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and others.
In addition, many of these companies have taken to social media to express their concern over the issue. Take a look.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg:
“I stand with the Dreamers — the young people brought to our country by their parents. Many have lived here as long as they can remember. Dreamers have a special love for this country because they can’t take living here for granted. They understand all the opportunities they have and want nothing more than the chance to serve their country and their community. And Dreamers deserve that chance.
We need a government that protects Dreamers. Today I join business leaders across the country in calling on our President to keep the DACA program in place and protect Dreamers from fear of deportation. We’re also calling on Congress to finally pass the Dream Act or another permanent, legislative solution that Dreamers deserve.
These young people represent the future of our country and our economy. They are our friends and family, students and young leaders in our communities. I hope you will join us in speaking out.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella:
“For me, it comes back to two things: the enduring principles and values that have made the United States what it is, and my own personal story.
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.
There is no question in my mind that a priority must be to create more jobs and opportunity for every American citizen. On top of this, smart immigration can help our economic growth and global competitiveness.
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.”
This is the America that I know and of which I am a proud citizen. This is the America that I love and that my family and I call home. And this is the America that I will always advocate for.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook:
250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.
– Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 3, 2017
Google CEO Sundar Pichai:
Dreamers are our neighbors, our friends and our co-workers. This is their home. Congress needs to act now to #DefendDACA. #WithDreamers
– Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) September 5, 2017
Uber’s new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi:
It’s against our values to turn our backs on #DREAMers. Everyone deserves a chance to work, study and contribute – the #AmericanDream!
– dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) September 5, 2017