Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a memo to employees about President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to end DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama administration policy that granted children of undocumented immigrants a reprieve from deportation.
In the letter, Cook says he is “deeply dismayed that 800,000 Americans—including more than 250 of our Apple coworkers—may soon find themselves cast out of the only country they’ve ever called home.”
Cook said Apple (AAPL) would provide help to employee “Dreamers,” as the undocumented immigrants are called, as well as their families. He said the company would lobby to protect DACA or enact a replacement in Congress and that it would give those affected access to the advice of immigration experts.
“I want to assure you that Apple will work with members of Congress from both parties to advocate for a legislative solution that provides permanent protections for all the Dreamers in our country,” Cook said. He described his call on Congress as an “urgent plea for our leaders in Washington.”
The Trump administration said it would continue to renew Dreamer applications for the next six months, giving Congress a short window to implement a new policy.
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Cook is not the only chief executive speak out against the White House’s move. Facebook’s (FB) Mark Zuckerberg called the decision to end DACA “particularly cruel.” Microsoft (MSFT), IBM (IBM), and hundreds of other companies showed their support for DACA as well.
The full text of Tim Cook’s memo is below.
America promises all its people the opportunity to achieve their dreams through hard work and perseverance. At Apple, we’ve dedicated ourselves to creating products that empower those dreams. And at our best, we aspire to be part of the promise that defines America.
Earlier today, the Justice Department announced that President Trump will cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months if Congress does not act to make the program permanent.
I am deeply dismayed that 800,000 Americans—including more than 250 of our Apple coworkers—may soon find themselves cast out of the only country they’ve ever called home.
DACA recognizes that people who arrived in the United States as children should not be punished for being here illegally. It lets these Americans, who have successfully completed rigorous background investigations, go to school, earn a living, support their families, pay taxes and work toward achieving their dreams like the rest of us. They are called Dreamers, and regardless of where they were born, they deserve our respect as equals.
I’ve received several notes over the weekend from Dreamers within Apple. Some told me they came to the U.S. as young as two years old, while others recounted they don’t even remember a time they were not in this country.
Dreamers who work at Apple may have been born in Canada or Mexico, Kenya or Mongolia, but America is the only home they’ve ever known. They grew up in our cities and towns, and hold degrees from colleges across the country. They now work for Apple in 28 states.
They help customers in our retail stores. They engineer the products people love and they’re building Apple’s future as part of our R&D teams. They contribute to our company, our economy and our communities just as much as you and I do. Their dreams are our dreams.
I want to assure you that Apple will work with members of Congress from both parties to advocate for a legislative solution that provides permanent protections for all the Dreamers in our country.
We are also working closely with each of our co-workers to provide them and their families the support they need, including the advice of immigration experts.
On behalf of the hundreds of employees at Apple whose futures are at stake; on behalf of their colleagues and on behalf of the millions more across America who believe, as we do, in the power of dreams, we issue an urgent plea for our leaders in Washington to protect the Dreamers so their futures can never be put at risk in this way again.
Despite this setback for our nation, I’m confident that American values will prevail and we will continue our tradition of welcoming immigrants from all nations. I’ll do whatever I can to assure this outcome.