Tim Cook writes to President Joe Biden, to appreciate DACA reforms

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, has written a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden to appreciate the executive action taken to preserve protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and prioritizing a permanent legal solution for the policy in his first 100 days in office.

The letter was written by Tim Cook as Business Roundtable Immigration Committee Chair. BRT is an association of CEOs from some of the leading companies in the United States, which collectively employ 19 million people, generate $7 trillion in annual revenues, and generate more than $488 billion for small and medium businesses. The coalition focuses on policy issues such as immigration, economy, COVID-19 response, energy infrastructure, trade, and more.

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook pens letter to President Biden

In his letter, Tim Cook congratulated Joe Biden on becoming U.S. President and commended his swift executive action for preserving DACA protections, and making a permanent legal solution his priority for his first 100 days in the Oval Office. The letter also mentioned how a permanent legal solution for Dreamers is an important step towards comprehensive immigration reforms while outlining the value of DACA impacted employees at the companies that are part of BRT.

For our companies, Dreamers are invaluable members of our team. These are young people who represent the best of our country – a place where individuals, in all our diversity, can come together to realize the American Dream and build a better future for the next generation. They know America as home and deserve the chance to pursue the same opportunities this country has long fostered.

Read the full letter here.

As a company that hires many Dreamers, people impacted by DACA and DREAM act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), Apple has been vocal in supporting DACA and hires around 443 DACA recipients from 25 countries. The company had filed ‘a friend of the court’ filing back in 2019 for DACA cases pending at the U.S. Supreme Court, and praised the court’s decision in 2020 to DACA protections intact, despite Trump’s efforts to terminate them.

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