Apple joins other tech giants in opposing plans to end DACA

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Apple is clashing with President Trump over calls to end the DACA program.
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Apple has added its name to a letter of support for a legal challenge to President Trump’s attempts to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which protects undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. when they were minors.

Other tech companies to sign the brief include IBM, Google, Lyft, Microsoft, Twitter, and others.

Tim Cook signs letter supporting DACA immigration rights in U.S.

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Silicon Valley supports the rights of immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as kids.
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Tim Cook has joined the CEOs of Microsoft, Amazon, HP, Google, and others in signing a letter from immigration reform group FWD.us.

The letter asks that President Donald Trump keep in place legal protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. Without this protection, they could be subject to deportation.

Apple signs Silicon Valley’s open letter bashing Trump’s travel ban

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President Trump signing an executive order.
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Apple will join other tech companies, including Alphabet, Facebook and Uber, in penning a letter opposing President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.

News of the letter comes shortly after an interview Apple CEO Tim Cook gave to The Wall Street Journal, in which he described the “heart-wrenching” messages he had received about Trump’s executive order, which potentially affects hundreds of Apple employees.

Check out the draft of the open letter to Trump below:

Apple plans to oppose Trump’s immigration ban

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Trump's immigration policy has hit a nerve with Tim Cook.
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Tim Cook makes it clear that Apple is staunchly opposed to President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, according to a new interview.

“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds,” Cook told The Wall Street Journal. “That’s what makes us special. We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”

App makers take stand against Trump’s immigration ban

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App makers are stepping up to fight Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.
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Tim Cook: Trump’s immigration freeze will hurt Apple

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Tim Cook says that there are Apple employees directly affected by the order.
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In a message sent to Apple employees, Tim Cook notes that he is concerned about President Donald Trump’s recent executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Cook said Apple employees are affected by the policy, and that they are going to be able to draw on the expertise of the company’s HR, legal and security teams.

Check out the note below:

Steve Jobs’s Widow Launches Site To Help Immigrant Kids Find A Path To Naturalization

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Steve Jobs's widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.

The debate over illegal immigration isn’t just about adults hopping the border. Oftentimes, children are caught in the middle: kids who were brought to the United States illegally when they were young, and who are now facing being deported as adults, having never known any other country besides America?

Steve Jobs’s widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, is now trying to put a face on this side of the immigration debate. To help her promotion of the Dream Act, she has launched a new website called The Dream Is Now.