In a letter to President Joe Biden and congressional leaders, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook joined more than 90 chief executive officers urged Congress to pass a law granting citizenship status to immigrants who were brought illegally to the United States as children.
The effort is made after U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas blocked new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) ruling that it was implemented unconstitutionally. DACA was initiated under former President Obama’s administration. The program allowed thousands of undocumented young adults (referred to as Dreamers) to live and work in the country legally and without fear of deportation.
Our Apple family includes hundreds of Dreamers. They deserve a clear path to citizenship, and I’m proud to join many leaders in affirming our support for this important legislation. https://t.co/0vYudQepGJ
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 29, 2021
Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and other leaders seek a permanent solution for Dreamers in the United States
Organized by the Coalition for the American Dream, the letter states:
We represent every major sector of the U.S. economy and millions of U.S. workers, and our goal is to help Congress pass a permanent legislative solution to protect Dreamers, thousands of whom are valued employees at our companies.
The district court’s ruling is devastating for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, as it found the program to be unlawful. While it allows those who currently have DACA to continue to renew their status—for now—it further throws into chaos the lives of these Dreamers and impedes their ability to legally work and contribute to our country.
We strongly urge Congress to pass legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. Securing a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers not only is the right thing to do, but is a huge economic benefit to the United States.
…..The latest court ruling makes it all the more urgent that Congress take up and pass a legislative solution right away. We urge you to swiftly pass legislation that will help Dreamers, U.S. companies, and the country.
Apple actively participates in building communities and standing up for unrepresented groups of society. After the tragic death of Geroge Floyd, the company began its Racial Equity project and partners with other organizations to provide opportunities to Black and Brown communities. Read the complete letter here.