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American tech giants vow to fight for employees hit by DACA scrapping

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The scrapping of the Obama-era amnesty programme known as Deferred Action for Children Arrival (DACA) by US President Donald Trump has not gone down well with the american tech giants. The top bosses of companies, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, have expressed displeasure over the move and pledged to stand by their employees after the Trump administration scrapped the amnesty programme that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children.

Former US President Barack Obama, too, deplored the move on his Twitter handle. He also posted the link of his Facebook page to access the detailed statement on the issue.

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday scrapped an Obama-era programme known as Deferred Action for Children Arrival (DACA), a move likely to impact 800,000 undocumented workers including more than 7,000 Indian-Americans. Microsoft and Apple are offering the most full-throated defence of “Dreamers” undocumented individuals who have been in the US since they were young and registered with the federal government to get work permits.

Apple CEO Tim Cook condemned the Trump administration’s decision and pledged in a note to employees to offer any employees affected by the change the “support they need, including the advice of immigration experts.”

Apple will “fight” for its Dreamers, Cook tweeted. “#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,” he tweeted.

“You’re going to have to go through us to deport Dreamers who work here,” Microsoft said, adding it will stick by its employees affected by any change to DACA, even in court. “If Congress fails to act, our company will exercise its legal rights properly to help protect our employees,” Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post.

“If the government seeks to deport any one of them, we will provide and pay for their legal counsel,” Smith wrote, of the 39 Dreamers who work at Microsoft. He said the company would also seek to intervene in those cases. “Dreamers make our country & communities stronger. We stand for diversity and economic opportunity for everyone. Legislation to protect 800,000 #Dreamers is an economic & humanitarian imperative. Congress needs to act quickly,” Nadella tweeted.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, meanwhile, spoke out against the decision to rescind DACA and encouraged users to call Congress to support a measure that would enact the DACA program created by an executive order by then-President Obama into law.

Google’s India born CEO Sundar Pichai took to Twitter to call on Congress to act to defend the DACA. “Dreamers are our neighbors, our friends and our co- workers. This is their home. Congress needs to act now to #DefendDACA. #WithDreamers,” Pichai tweeted.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi shared his thoughts on the DACA repeal in a tweet, “It’s against our values to turn our backs on #DREAMers. Everyone deserves a chance to work, study and contribute – the #AmericanDream!”

There currently are nearly 800,000 individuals in the US who arrived in the country as undocumented immigrants when they were children.

(With inputs from PTI)