According to the story linked below, at least a couple of US corporate powerhouses are willing to go toe-to-toe with the US government over Trump’s plan to kill DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
Those who think Trump’s actions unfair (or otherwise morally suspect) are sure to cheer.
As always, if you like this move by Microsoft and Apple, you should ask yourself: would I be as enthusiastic about a corporation flexing its legal muscles to fight a government policy that I approved of? The answer to that question will help you determine whether you approve of these corporate tactics, or just their intended outcomes.
LINK: APPLE, MICROSOFT STEP UP TO DEFEND DREAMERS FROM DEPORTATION (from Wired)
TECH EXECUTIVES ARE near-unanimous in condemning the Trump administration’s plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. But some are going further than others in promising to help employees affected by the move.
Microsoft and Apple are offering the most full-throated defense of “Dreamers”—undocumented individuals who have been in the US since they were young and registered with the federal government to get work permits.
“If Congress fails to act, our company will exercise its legal rights properly to help protect our employees,” Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post Tuesday….
See also: Microsoft to Trump: You’re going to have to go through us to deport Dreamers who work here
What do you think?
Trump’s decision to end DACA is inherently wrong. I applaud corporations like Microsoft and Apple for taking a stand and offering whatever help they can. The problem is, they are only extending help to their employees. A noble act, but you have to remember that these are multi-million dollar companies. It is expected for them to protect their employees, but they have the means to help people that are not in their immediate bubble. If they were really invested in helping their communities like they say they are, then they will extend their assistance to everyday people that are also affected by this decision.
As far as the companies that are only offering advice and not legal help (Facebook, Google, Cisco, Uber, etc…), I’m surprised and shocked. I don’t know why they made this decision but I think they could do more. I’m also curious as to why Oracle and Intel have remained silent. Unfortunately, in a world that is run by social media, their silence and complete lack of acknowledgment speaks volumes.