Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to LinkedIn on Thursday to stand
up for the DREAMers — undocumented immigrants who arrived in the
United States as children.
With President Trump reportedly considering ending an Obama-era
program that protected such immigrants from deportation,
Nadella defended “smart immigration” policies, saying they can
“help our economic growth and global competitiveness.”
“We care deeply about the DREAMers who work at Microsoft and
fully support them. We will always stand for diversity and
economic opportunity for everyone,” he wrote.
Nadella also discussed his own immigration story. As a child, he
was inspired by the “ingenuity of American technology.”
Later, he was able to come to the US to pursue his dreams thanks
to the country’s then-welcoming immigration polices.
“This is the America that I know and of which I am a proud
citizen,” he wrote. “This is the America that I love and that my
family and I call home. And this is the America that I will
always advocate for.”
Nadella’s note followed a
post on Microsoft’s official blog by Brad Smith, the
company’s president. Microsoft is “deeply concerned” at the
prospect of Trump ending the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects DREAMers, Smith wrote,
noting that the move would affect 27
company employees. Over the next decade, the program’s
end could cost the American economy $460 billion in lost gross
domestic product, and could mean $24.6 billion less in
contributions to Social Security and Medicare, he said, citing
“DACA recipients bring a wide array of educational and
professional backgrounds that enable them to contribute in
crucial ways to our nation’s workforce,” he wrote.
This isn’t the first time Microsoft officials have raised
their voices to oppose Trump’s immigration policies. The
company and Nadella also issued a statement when Trump
announced his plan to ban immigration from seven predominantly
Muslim countries. Earlier this year, Nadella spoke at the White
House, talking about his path to the American dream and
advocating for diversity and opportunity for all.
You can read Nadella’s full statement here.
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