Tim Cook joins other CEOs in urging Congress to protect ‘Dreamers’

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  Apple has joined a coalition of more than 100 companies in applying pressure to the US Congress to pass immigration legislation that protects "Dreamers," a group of more than 700,000 immigrants working and living in the country legally that are under threat of deportation under the Trump administration.

Apple CEO Tim Cook (right) at a meeting with President Donald Trump (left)

Apple CEO Tim Cook (right) at a meeting with President Donald Trump (left)

Alongside Apple, major companies including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others have called for Congress to reform immigration laws in the United States, urging lawmakers to pass bipartisan legislation. The move, which includes a letter signed by Apple CEO Tim Cook and other company leaders, demands the creation of a law to protect Dreamers from being deported.

"With the re-opening of the federal government and the presumptive restart of immigration and border security negotiations, now is the time for Congress to pass a law to provide Dreamers the certainty they need," the letter states according to CNBC. "These are our friends, neighbors, and coworkers, and they should not have to wait for court cases to be decided to determine their fate when Congress can act now."

"We have seen time and again that the overwhelming majority of Americans of all political backgrounds agree that we should protect Dreamers from deportation," the letter continues. "American employers and hundreds of thousands of Dreamers are counting on you to pass bipartisan, permanent legislative protection for Dreamers without further delay."

The renewed call to protect Dreamers arrives at the tail-end of a temporary spending bill that funded the government for a month following a 35-day shutdown.

The main hurdle on an agreement being put in place to continue government spending is a demand by President Donald Trump to allocate $5.7 billion for a border wall, one of his main campaign promises. In exchange, Trump has proposed limited legal protections for "Dreamers," but Democrat members of Congress rejected it as an "inadequate" temporary solution.


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