Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the Time 100 Summit event on April 23, 2019 in New York.
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Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook urged lawmakers Thursday to pass immigration reform that would create a path to citizenship for immigrants known as “Dreamers.”
Cook issued the statement on behalf of the Business Roundtable, an influential group of prominent corporate leaders. Cook serves as chair of the group’s immigration committee.
The statement continues Cook’s defense on behalf of Dreamers and follows comments from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who praised the bill on Wednesday.
“The Dreamers have been at the forefront of fighting the pandemic as healthcare workers, caring for our communities, and working in the disciplines and industries that will help America emerge stronger on the other side of COVID-19,” Cook wrote.
The Business Roundtable also called for additional reform beyond the Dreams and Promises Act to fix the country’s “broken immigration system.”
The dreamers are undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. The Dream Act would create a path to citizenship for approximately 2.5 million people, according to its authors. Democrats in the House are expected to move forward with the bill this week.
Cook, in particular, has been outspoken about the Dreamers. On Thursday, he said Apple employs 450 Dreamers in a tweet. In 2019, Cook co-authored a friend of the court brief filed with the Supreme Court with detailed narratives from various Dreamer Apple employees. At the time, the court was debating whether the Trump administration’s decision to end the Obama-era program protecting the Dreamers was legal.
“We do it here to emphasize that not only does Apple care as a company, but we also care as leaders, colleagues and human beings,” Cook wrote at the time. “This is a problem that we deeply feel.”
The full statement from the Business Roundtable is reproduced below:
Dreamers, who came to America as children and know it as their only home, make invaluable contributions to America and certainly to companies like ours. The Dreamers have been at the forefront of the fight against the pandemic as healthcare workers, caring for our communities, and working in the disciplines and industries that will help America emerge stronger on the other side of COVID-19. As we work to revitalize the US economy, we need your continued contributions as equal partners in US history, and we urge members on both sides of the aisle to vote in support of the American Dream and Promise Act. to help make that possible.
The vast majority of Americans believe that defending the Dreamers should be a priority. Once the American Dream and Promise Act moves forward, the Business Roundtable urges legislators to prioritize practical, bipartisan solutions to fix our broken immigration system, enforce the rule of law, and respond to urgent challenges that we face.