Apple, Microsoft, and Uber are just few of the big corporations responding to President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program. Many large companies, including AT&T, Lyft, Tesla, and Amazon are voicing their lack of backing for Trump’s decision.
The majority of Americans, if not all, are all for deporting immigrants who have felonies or are otherwise unable to be productive members of an American Society. In other words, the average citizen is sick of pulling the weight of those who come here looking for a handout. But, the “Dreamers” are an entirely different crowd and losing them could mean big losses for companies who benefit from the skills of this population.
Microsoft and Apple Speak Out
Microsoft is so enraged at the concept that they have volunteered to pay for the legal fees of any employees they have who might be impacted by the end of the program.
“If the government seeks to deport any one of them, we will provide and pay for their legal counsel,” Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft wrote on his blog.
While not all companies are commenting or offering legal assistance, even Apple has offered to give their employees “any support they need, including the advice of immigration experts.”
For those who are unaware, there are strict requirements in place so that only those who show promise as a productive member of American society can qualify. They must be enrolled in school if under 18, and have no felonies or significant misdemeanors. In other words, these aren’t the dregs of society looking for a free ride. Most have never known any other life than the one here in America.
It’s unclear whether President Trump has another plan in place to replace the DACA program, but he has urged those who are living here under the DACA to remain calm as nothing changes for at least the next six months. Its hard to tell whether the outpouring of concern from both private citizens and large corporations will have an impact on what Trump does with the program from here, but almost 800,000 young immigrants can expect some sort of change in the near future.
In the meantime, large corporations continue to speak out and defend the Dreamers, most of which reside in California or Texas.