GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, Uber and Lyft have joined more than 100 other tech companies in defense of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that President Trump wants to get rid of.
The amicus brief, a document used to support the case, was signed to support a signed a filed lawsuit that challenged the Trump administration’s decision to cancel the program. A number of tech companies filed the brief including Airbnb, Microsoft, Twitter, eBay, IBM, Verizon Communications Inc. and others to get DACA reinstated.
The document supports a lawsuit filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Wednesday in federal court. His goal is to challenge and block Trump’s plan to eliminate DACA.
The tech companies that have filed the amicus brief all believe immigrants are important to sustaining the US economy and by getting rid of the DACA program would prevent companies from growing.
“Apple will be harmed significantly if it can no longer benefit from the hard work, creativity and intelligence of its employees with DACA status,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s vice president of people, according to Reuters.
According to the filing, Apple has more than 250 employees who benefit from the DACA program.
In September, President Trump announced his plan to end DACA which was created in 2012 by former president Barack Obama. Before announcing his decision, CEOs of tech companies signed a letter urging the president not to seek to eliminate the program that has proved to be valuable to many tech companies in the country.
Source – Metro Daily.