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US tech giants pledge to fight for 'Dreamers' hit by DACA

US President Donald Trump yesterday scrapped an Obama-era programme

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Apple
Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Apple

US tech giants, including Apple, and Microsoft, have pledged to stand by their employees after the Trump administration scrapped an amnesty programme that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children.

US President Donald Trump yesterday scrapped an Obama-era programme known as Deferred Action for Children Arrival (DACA), a move likely to impact 800,000 undocumented workers including more than 7,000 Indian-Americans.

and are offering the most full-throated defence of "Dreamers" - undocumented individuals who have been in the US since they were young and registered with the federal to get work permits.

CEO Tim Cook condemned the Trump administration's decision and pledged in a note to employees to offer any employees affected by the change the "support they need, including the advice of immigration experts."

will "fight" for its Dreamers, Cook tweeted.

"#Dreamers contribute to our companies and our communities just as much as you and I. will fight for them to be treated as equals," he tweeted.

"You're going to have to go through us to deport Dreamers who work here," said, adding it will stick by its employees affected by any change to DACA, even in court.

"If Congress fails to act, our company will exercise its legal rights properly to help protect our employees," president and chief legal officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post.

"If the seeks to deport any one of them, we will provide and pay for their legal counsel," Smith wrote, of the 39 Dreamers who work at He said the company would also seek to intervene in those cases.

"Dreamers make our country & communities stronger. We stand for diversity and economic opportunity for everyone. Legislation to protect 800,000 #Dreamers is an economic & humanitarian imperative. Congress needs to act quickly," Nadella tweeted.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, meanwhile, spoke out against the decision to rescind and encouraged users to call Congress to support a measure that would enact the program-created by an executive order by then--into law.

Google's India born CEO Sundar Pichai took to Twitter to call on Congress to act to defend the

"Dreamers are our neighbors, our friends and our co- workers. This is their home. Congress needs to act now to #DefendDACA. #WithDreamers," Pichai tweeted.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi shared his thoughts on the repeal in a tweet,"It's against our values to turn our backs on #DREAMers. Everyone deserves a chance to work, study and contribute - the #AmericanDream!"

There currently are nearly 800,000 individuals in the US who arrived in the country as undocumented immigrants when they were children.

First Published: Wed, September 06 2017. 14:22 IST