- Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped an Obama-era programme
- It protected from deportation immigrants brought illegally as children
- It is likely to impact 800,000 undocumented workers
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."
Tech giant IBM in a tweet said: "We support bipartisan legislation in Congress to allow them remain in the United States."
#Dreamers contribute to our companies and our communities just as much as you and I. Apple will fight for them to be treated as equals.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 5, 2017
250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 3, 2017