Microsoft has firmly condemned the reported decision by President Donald Trump to end a program that began during the President Barrack Obama presidency that shields immigrants who were brought into the U.S. illegally when kids from being deported.
It is believed that by Friday Trump will announce that he is ending the program which has been referred to as “Dreamers Program.” The dreamers as they are called currently in the DACA program or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals should be allowed to remain in the U.S. until the permits they have expire.
The change would not just negatively impact many hardworking people throughout the United States but would take the U.S. as a whole back a step, said Brad Smith the chief counsel for Microsoft in a prepared statement.
Along with disrupting lives of people who are voluntarily registered with the U.S. government and now face a possible deportation, Smith added that repealing the DACA program could have substantial economic consequences in the U.S.
Ending the DACA would result in cutting over $460.3 billion from the GDP of the country during the next 10 years, according to a recent study just released.
Currently approximately 800,000 immigrants are registered with the U.S. government under the DACA program.
A group of attorney generals who are conservative made threats to sue the White House administration unless it started to dismantle this program before September 5.
The chief counsel for Microsoft noted that 27 employees at the company have been benefactors of the DACA program.
He said they are software engineers that possess top tech skills; finance professionals that drive forward the company’s business ambitions, and sales and retail associates that connect clients to out many technologies.
In another prepared statement, Satya Nadella the CEO at Microsoft spoke about a personal story that he says shows the value the program has.
He said that he has shared the same story while in the White House last June. He is a product of two unique American attributes; the ingenuity of technology in the U.S. reaching he where he grew up, fueling his dream, and an enlightened policy on immigration that allowed him to pursue those dreams.
He added that smart immigration will help the economic growth of the country and its global competitiveness.
There has not been any confirmation from the White House that Trump will announce his decision on the program Friday or another day prior to September 5.