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Top IT Companies Vow To Fight For Employees Hit By Trump's Latest Move

DACA gave work permits to people known as "Dreamers" who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

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Top IT Companies Vow To Fight For Employees Hit By Trump's Latest Move

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped the DACA programme


Highlights

  1. Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped an Obama-era programme
  2. It protected from deportation immigrants brought illegally as children
  3. It is likely to impact 800,000 undocumented workers
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 were brought to the country illegally as children. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped an Obama-era programme - called Deferred Action for Children Arrival (DACA) - that protects from deportation immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children, giving the Congress six months to decide the fate of almost 800,000 young people. DACA gave work permits to people known as "Dreamers" who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Top executives of many tech companies including Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have urged the Congress to protect the "Dreamers".

The move is likely to impact 800,000 undocumented workers including more than 7,000 Indian-Americans. Mr Trump shifted responsibility to a Congress controlled by his fellow Republicans and said it was now up to lawmakers to pass immigration legislation that could address the fate of those protected by DACA who would be in danger of deportation.

Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft, said in a blog post that if Congress fails to act, the IT company will exercise its legal rights properly to help protect its employees. “For the 39 Dreamers that we know of who are our employees, our commitment is clear. If Congress fails to act, our company will exercise its legal rights properly to help protect our employees. If the government seeks to deport any one of them, we will provide and pay for their legal counsel. We will also file an amicus brief and explore whether we can directly intervene in any such case. In short, if Dreamers who are our employees are in court, we will be by their side,” he wrote in a blog post. 

Google's India-born CEO Sundar Pichai in a tweet said: "Dreamers are our neighbors, our friends and our co-workers. This is their home. Congress needs to act now to #DefendDACA. #WithDreamers."
 Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post said: "This is a sad day for our country. The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it."


Tech giant IBM in a tweet said: "We support bipartisan legislation in Congress to allow them remain in the United States."Apple CEO Tim Cook in a tweet said: "Apple will fight for them to be treated as equals."
 


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