We've talked here a few times about the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or Deferred Arrival of Children), a program created by the Obama administration that grants two-year valid study or work permits to immigrants who have come to the United States illegally under the age of 16, the so-called Dreamers (in literal translation, "Dreamers"). This article explains the issue in more depth to those who may be interested.
Apple, along with several technology companies, has already spoken out in favor of the program on several occasions. Now the US Supreme Court to judge the legality (and continuity) in its next period of consideration, which will start next Monday (7/10). To the contrary, immigrants benefiting from DACA may have their visas canceled and become deportable.
To reiterate support for immigrants, the CEO Tim cook and Ma's senior vice president of retail and people, Deirdre O'Brien, signed a amicus curiae Addressed Supreme Court.
This is the first time that two Apple figures have personally signed such a document, the company had already put its name in other open letters and communications of the kind, but never through “real” people from its high house. At the amicus curiae, Cook, O'Brien and Ma as a whole all argue that the company would not exist without the work of immigrants and that the most moral attitude to be taken at the moment is to vote for the continuation of DACA.
The text started as follows:
Apple is a company with reasons for innovation that aims to make the world a better place. Tim Cook its CEO and Deirdre O'Brien its vice president of retail and people. Mr. Cook joined Apple in 1998, and Ms. O'Brien in 1988. In this document, Mr. Cook and Ms. O'Brien speak for Apple and, as importantly, for themselves. Apple has sent several documents before this court, but this is the first time we have put our names here as well. We do this to highlight that Apple cares not only as a company we care as leaders, colleagues and humans. That is a question we feel in our wizard.
Since 1976, Apple has made its name by designing, developing, selling and maintaining cutting-edge electronics, including mobile devices, personal computers, and related software and services. Apple's success comes from its people. They form and embody our culture of innovation. Apple employs a diverse workforce, with over 90,000 employees in the United States alone.
Among these people, hundreds benefited from DACA people who had no decision-making power upon arriving in this country and who know no other home. Apple employs DACA beneficiaries, who embody our commitment to innovation, in a wide variety of positions. As we will explain below, they, and immigrants like them, are vital to Apple's success. They stimulate creativity and help bring us innovation. And they are among our most motivated and selfless colleagues.
Our interest in the simple case: We are concerned about the prospect of having our colleagues benefited from DACA ripped from the fabric of our company. This is a moral issue: Our country has made a deal with a highly vulnerable population interested in a bright future, and we must stick to that deal.
The full document can be read here and we, of course, will be aware of the next steps in this story.