Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday issued a new email message to all employees in which he reaffirmed his support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), saying Apple will work with members of Congress to advocate for a new solution offering support to any impacted Apple employees, like access to immigration experts.

DACA is the Obama era policy that allows some illegal immigrants to defer deportation.

The move follows the announcement that US President Donald Trump will phase out the DACA program over the course of the next six months and replace it with new legislation by March 5, 2018. The planned end of the program could impact the lives of 800,000 Americans, including more than 250 Apple employees.

“On behalf of the hundreds of employees at Apple whose futures are at stake,” reads the memo, “on behalf of their colleagues and on behalf of the millions more across America who believe, as we do, in the power of dreams, we issue an urgent plea for our leaders in Washington to protect the Dreamers so their futures can never be put at risk in this way again.”

Here’s Cook’s message in its entirety, as obtained by TechCrunch:


America promises all its people the opportunity to achieve their dreams through hard work and perseverance. At Apple, we’ve dedicated ourselves to creating products that empower those dreams. And at our best, we aspire to be part of the promise that defines America.

Earlier today, the Justice Department announced that President Trump will cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months if Congress does not act to make the program permanent.

I am deeply dismayed that 800,000 Americans — including more than 250 of our Apple coworkers — may soon find themselves cast out of the only country they’ve ever called home.

DACA recognizes that people who arrived in the United States as children should not be punished for being here illegally. It lets these Americans, who have successfully completed rigorous background investigations, go to school, earn a living, support their families, pay taxes and work toward achieving their dreams like the rest of us. They are called Dreamers, and regardless of where they were born, they deserve our respect as equals.

I’ve received several notes over the weekend from Dreamers within Apple. Some told me they came to the U.S. as young as two years old, while others recounted they don’t even remember a time they were not in this country.

Dreamers who work at Apple may have been born in Canada or Mexico, Kenya or Mongolia, but America is the only home they’ve ever known. They grew up in our cities and towns, and hold degrees from colleges across the country. They now work for Apple in 28 states.

They help customers in our retail stores. They engineer the products people love and they’re building Apple’s future as part of our R&D teams. They contribute to our company, our economy and our communities just as much as you and I do. Their dreams are our dreams.

I want to assure you that Apple will work with members of Congress from both parties to advocate for a legislative solution that provides permanent protections for all the Dreamers in our country.

We are also working closely with each of our co-workers to provide them and their families the support they need, including the advice of immigration experts.

On behalf of the hundreds of employees at Apple whose futures are at stake; on behalf of their colleagues and on behalf of the millions more across America who believe, as we do, in the power of dreams, we issue an urgent plea for our leaders in Washington to protect the Dreamers so their futures can never be put at risk in this way again.

Despite this setback for our nation, I’m confident that American values will prevail and we will continue our tradition of welcoming immigrants from all nations. I’ll do whatever I can to assure this outcome.

Last weekend, Cook said on Twitter that 250 Apple “dreamers” could be at risk of deportation. “I stand with them,” he wrote in the tweet. “They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.”

The Apple CEO along with 300 executives signed an open letter asking Trump to preserve the DACA program or to pass the bipartisan DREAM act or some other legislation, to no avail.

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    I agree with it being repealed imo illegals have no place in this country

    • Then have everyone leave, and leave the country to its rightful owners the native Americans..

      • While I haven’t formed any strong opinions one way or the other on Dreamers (I see the valid points on both sides) your comment however strikes me as completely ignorant of history. First of all when America was “discovered” there was only an estimated 700,000 natives living here. To put it another way, only around 3% of America was actually inhabited leaving the rest completely open and uninhabited ready to be claimed by… well anyone.

        You also overlook the fact that according to Indian law at the time land was claimed by living on it and if it wasn’t lived on for a year it was fair game. Furthermore it was accepted practice among the natives that whatever tribe or group was the stronger had claim to the land. So whether you go by Native laws or International Laws your statement is ignorant of history and facts. Not to mention it ignores all of the land masses that were purchased peacefully as well.

        So saying we should turn over all the land to it’s rightful owners if we threw out the children of Illegal immigrants wouldn’t change almost anything no matter what set of laws were used. In fact if you looked up the size of the Indian reservations and do the math it’s roughly 3.5% of our land anyways so you propose that all federal aid and government programs be pulled out of those areas and we close the borders to their lands? That sounds like a disaster waiting to happen if you ask me…

      • Rowan09

        Illegal immigrants shouldn’t be here, but since they are here we need to find a way to keep the good ones and get rid of the bad ones. Maybe they should fine them and find a path to becoming a citizen.

      • Julio Hernandez

        Many illegals do pay taxes, sales and otherwise, so I think a fair fine and background check to make sure they aren’t criminals would work best. After all if we have more productive members within our society it does ultimately benefit our economy. I’m just glad my brother who was a DACA recipient finally got his residency.

      • Rowan09

        Great and that’s what’s suppose to happen not just sit down and do nothing. I hope Congress figures this out because these kids don’t know the country they were taken from.

      • M_Hawke

        What JohnS said to you.

      • Mark S

        The natives didn’t fight the U.S. Army hard enough and lost. If the illegals care to attack and take over, then let them try.

    • Rowan09

      It wasn’t a law to stay forever, even Obama knew it was wrong and temporary, yet he did nothing, along with Congress. Congress has the pressure on them now, so they need to finally fix the immigration issues.

  • Rowan09

    I hope Congress figures something out. As an immigrant myself and a citizen, immigration needs to be fixed.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Went through the process, waited 2 years for immigrant visa to be approved paid alot of money learned english so that I won’t have difficulty when i get to US. So yes i may not like his attitude(trump) but i agree with this. Its unfair to those who went through the process of legal immigration. These people had a chance to atleast go through the legal process but they never did. So it’s just right. Asian immigrant here.

    • Rowan09

      I agree. I’m a Jamaican immigrant and it’s not a cheap or quick process. I’m now a citizen of course for years now. Why would these parents be here for over 10 years and still be illegal? Why are these kids who are now adults still not legal?

      • n0ahcruz3

        I know right? the wait, the money the process is grueling. So they don’t have the right to complain. We are a nation of Laws. These people haven’t been to other countries with even tougher immigration laws. Its just so unfair to the ones who went through the process. 250 job from apple that could’ve went to american/legal citizens.

      • Rowan09

        I just don’t know what people are fighting for. I know of illegal immigrants who die on construction sites getting paid 1/5 a union guy is making doing the same job. They are abusing some of these people and it’s not right.

  • Alex Wilson

    This is a complex issues. Obama violated the Constitution with his XO, Trump is doing the right thing, he is not the bad guy in all of this, Obama was by not following the laws of the United States. We must have the rule of law. If Congress can pass it, then so be it. But many members of congress are going to be complete hypocrites for supporting it under Trump after being against it under Obama. I would be support of the new law if we review each and everyone of them, kick out those that are not productive citizens (i.e. welfare leaches and gang types) and fine their parents for violating the US Immigration laws. The fines need to be paid before Citizenship is granted and before any federal benefits are allowed to be recieved. I’d vote to say no benefits for at least 10 years too.

    • Mark S

      Very well stated. What will it take to get congress to do their job in this country?

  • Ernie Marin

    Apple again getting into politics, liberals cheering them on and people too, but forget all the shady crap Apple is involved overseas.

  • Ernie Marin

    At the end Obama didn’t really do this sad excuse of a law right, but they never really did anything with immigration other than delay the issue as long as possible so to end his term without having to deal with it. Well now Congress has to find a real solution, this is a good thing in disguise because if you think they will actually deport all those “dreamers”, you are just wrong, but a solution will be found now instead of the usual patch job.

  • Lizmay

    I for one is getting sick and tired about these alt left CEO’s forcing their political views on us. I will continue to enjoy Apple products but will never agree with that big mouthed punk in charge.

  • M_Hawke

    Dreamers are equals as human beings, yes, but are NOT equals as US citizens.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    I like these comments. What does the other side have? Trump jokes ._.