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Apple CEO Tim Cook Pitches in Fight Against DACA Termination

Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc., speaks during the launch event for the iPad 6 at Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., March 27, 2018. - Image

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior VP of Retail Deirdre O’Brien have officially joined in the fight against terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Earlier this month, the two Apple executives signed a Supreme Court filing to refute President Trump’s attempt to abolish this service which have provided thousands of Dreamers a second chance at making their own American dream.

“Apple’s success stems from its people,” the filing reads. “They shape and embody Apple’s culture of innovation. Apple employs a diverse workforce of over90,000 employees in the United States alone.”

“Among those people are hundreds of DACA recipients who had no say in the decision to travel to this country and have known no other home. Apple employs DACA recipients who embody Apple’s commitment to innovation in a wide variety of positions. As we explain below, they, and immigrants like them, are vital to Apple’s success. They spark creativity and help drive innovation. They are among our most driven and selfless colleagues.”

Apple calls the termination of DACA a “moral” issue and are “distressed at the prospect of ripping our DACA col-leagues from the fabric of [their] company.”

The bold decision stems from Apple’s own relationship with DACA recipients. According to NBC Latino, there were 270 DACA recipients working for the tech giant in 2017. Now, that number has risen to above 400. These employees range from working as hardware engineers, software engineers, technicians, retail store associates, operations specialists, and more.

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City whose curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not writing, she can be found snacking on street food or wandering in a museum.

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