Tech companies have pushed back against efforts to curb immigration, which they see as vital to their industry
Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, speaks at the Willard Hotel in Washington, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, about Microsoft's project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster), photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster
05 of September 2017 18:10:09
NEW YORK – Technology companies and executives of other industries criticized the Trump administration for its plan to undo protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants and called on Congress to help them.President Donald Trump said he will dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, an Obama-era initiative that allowed young people who were brought into the U.S. illegally as children to work legally in the U.S., shielding them from deportation. Winding down the program could put the immigrants at risk of being sent back to the countries of their birth. The administration says Congress has six months to come up with a fix.Tech companies have pushed back against efforts to curb immigration, which they see as vital to their industry. Immigrants make up about one-quarter of the U.S. technology and science workforce, and many in Silicon Valley feel a personal connection to the issue.
Uber's chief technology officer, Thuan Pham, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Vietnam, wrote in an online post that the ride-hailing company will "stand by immigrants who want nothing more than to contribute to our country and pursue the American Dream."Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted that "Dreamers are our neighbors, our friends and our co-workers. This is their home. Congress needs to act now to #DefendDACA. #WithDreamers."IBM posted a series of tweets supporting legislation to let the young immigrants stay in the U.S. and said that"we stand by our IBM #Dreamers."Other industries also slammed President Trump's actions Tuesday. Randy Falco, CEO of the company that owns Spanish-language broadcaster Univision, said in a statement that he was "disappointed, to say the least," in the administration's actions Tuesday and that Congress must "fix this mess."
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) 3 de septiembre de 2017
Rescinding DACA is cruel and misguided. Dreamers contribute to our economy and our nation. Congress must act fast to protect them!— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) 5 de septiembre de 2017
A letter from the technology-industry lobbying group FWD.us last week asked the president to keep DACA and for Congress to replace it with permanent legislation. Names attached to the letter included the heads of Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Best Buy, Facebook, General Motors, Google, HP, Microsoft, Netflix, Starbucks, Twitter, Visa, Wells Fargo and Warren Buffett.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a business group, said undoing the protections and deporting the young immigrants was "contrary to fundamental American principles and the best interests of our country" and said the administration and Congress must find a legislative solution quickly.
Immigration is a complex issue but I wouldn't deport a kid who was brought here and only knows America. Congress must address. #DACA— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) 5 de septiembre de 2017