Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, And Other Tech Giants Respond To The Loss Of DACA

The tech industry is ready and willing to defend Dreamers.

Earlier today, September 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed the current administration will be ending DACA — an Obama-era program that has made it possible for approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as young children to work and attend school in America without fear of deportation.

"There is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws. Enforcing the law saves lives, protects communities and taxpayers, and prevents human suffering. Failure to enforce the laws in the past has put our nation at risk of crime, violence and even terrorism," Sessions argued, per CNN. "The compassionate thing is to end the lawlessness, (and) enforce our laws."

Sessions' words ignited protests across the country, and, despite his claims, Foreign Policy reports there has been no evidence that stricter enforcement of immigration laws and mass deportations (which the end of DACA may lead to, should Congress not intervene) will actually make America any safer.



In fact, on the contrary, many business leaders have argued recipients of DACA contribute greatly to society, and deporting them would have a serious negative impact on various industries. And keep in mind, that's to say nothing of the impact rescinding DACA stands to have on thousands of families, many of whom stand to be torn apart if deportations are carried out.

Many leaders in the tech sector specifically have made it abundantly clear they want DACA to remain in place for business reasons. Before Sessions' formal announcement on DACA, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AirBNB CEO Brian Chesky, Google's CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos, and hundreds of others all signed a petition in defense of the controversial policy.

Now, many of the aforementioned heavyweights (plus dozens of others) have once again released statements in support of DACA in the wake of Sessions' formal announcement. Take a look at our roundup below:

Zuckerberg, a longtime advocate of DACA and Dreamers suggests reaching out to members of Congress and encouraging them to pass a law that would protect Dreamers permanently.

Microsoft has echoed those sentiments as well, even going a step further in declaring they will provide and pay for legal counsel for anyone facing deportation.

Others on the same wavelength include Box CEO Aaron Levie, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Sam Altman of Y Combinator, Dropbox CEO and co-founder Drew Houston, Uber's new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, eBay president and CEO Devin Wenig, and many more.



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