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 policies, according to businessinsider.in.
President Donald Trump is expected to dismantle an Obama-era program that, in part, allows for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants to remain in the country.Trump is expected to announce plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme. Trump is planning to halt the programme, but allow so-called Dreamers to remain in the US until their work permits expire, reports Fox News.
The DACA programme was formed through executive order by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and allows for certain people who come to the U.S. illegally as minors protection from immediate deportation. Recipients are able to request “consideration of deferred action” for a period of two years which is subject to renewal.“Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services states.
“Deferred action does not provide lawful status.”Individuals are able to request DACA status if they were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012, came to the U.S. before turning 16 and have continuously lived in the country since June 15, 2007.Individuals must also have a high school diploma, GED certification, been honorably discharged from the military or still be in school. Recipients cannot have a criminal record.
Nearly 800,000 undocumented youth are under the program's umbrella.Thousands of people could lose their jobs should Trump decide to phase out the DACA program, according to a recent study by the left-leaning think tank, the Center for American Progress, adds Fox News.