Since President Donald Trump ended a federal program last week that protected undocumented youth from deportation, Silicon Valley heavyweights have fought to help employees who may be affected by the policy change.
Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, IBM and Microsoft have led the charge by offering legal aid to workers impacted by Trump's decision. What's more, Amazon and Microsoft have joined court cases challenging the change in policy, according to Recode, which surveyed 10 technology behemoths about their efforts to help Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (also known as DACA) recipients.
DACA was an Obama-era policy that allowed about 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to stay and work in the country. To qualify, applicants must have entered the U.S. before they turned 16, lived in the country continuously since June 2007, and have committed no serious crimes. Congress has six months to come up with a permanent legislative replacement to DACA or else its recipients, also known as Dreamers, could be deported.
For most of these companies, it's personal. Tim Cook tweeted last week that 250 Apple workers were Dreamers, and IBM and Microsoft noted that almost 40 staffers were affected. Uber wrote that 11 employees, not including drivers, were affected.
In addition to providing legal aid, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Oracle, Microsoft, Apple, IBM and Intel have each spent millions of dollars to lobby for protections for Dreamers. In the first half of this year, Google led the pack with $9.5 million, closely followed by Amazon's $6.1 million and Facebook's $5.6 million.