Apple CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday called the plight of undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, who are now uncertain of their status in the country under DACA, the “biggest issue of our time.”
Cook reiterated the argument that children shouldn’t be punished for the sins of their parents.
“These people, if you haven’t met them — at Apple we have many people who came to the U.S. when they were two years old,” Cook said at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum. “They didn’t exactly make a decision to come.”
The executive order put forth by President Obama shielding these “Dreamers” from deportation has since been scrapped by the Trump White House, and a permanent legislative fix remains in flux. Many leaders in the tech industry have voiced similar sentiments to Cook’s, with Microsoft CEO Brad Smith calling for Congress to prioritize a DACA bill.
“They came here, they only know our country,” Cook said. “This is their home. They love America deeply.”
With the GOP showing no sign of a desire to implement DACA, President Trump has gone behind his party’s back and engaged in talks with Democratic leadership about instituting a DACA plan.
Cook can’t believe the discussions he’s heard surrounding the topic of immigration, which he sees as a moral issue rather than a political one.
“I am personally shocked that there is even a discussion of this,” he said.
250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) September 3, 2017
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