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DACA is the ‘Biggest Issue of Our Time’, Says Tim Cook

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Speaking out on the topic of immigration at a conference in New York, specifically in favor of “Dreamers”, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that DACA is the ‘biggest issue of our time’ (via Recode). For those who aren’t aware, Donald Trump is pushing the Congress to make a decision regarding DACA, an Obama-era program that protects thousands of people living in the U.S. who were brought to the country illegally as children.

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Any changes to the DACA program will also affect nearly 250 Apple employees in the U.S., to whom Cook has pledged full support in an email sent earlier this month, saying that Apple will work with members of Congress to advocate for a legislative solution that will continue to protect the children of immigrants.

Speaking on a panel with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Bloomberg’s own global executive forum, Cook said that he and Apple are “pushing extremely hard on this”. Why? Cook says: “This goes to the values of being American. This is: ‘Are we human?’ ‘Are we acting in a track of morality?’”

“These people — if you haven’t met them — at Apple, we have many that came to the U.S. when they were 2 years old. They didn’t exactly make a decision to come. They came here — they only know our country. This is their home. They love America deeply. When you talk to them, I wish everyone in America loved America this much.

They have jobs, they pay taxes, they’re pillars of their communities. They’re incredible people. And so, to me, it would be like someone coming to Mike [Bloomberg] and saying, ‘Mike, I just found out, you aren’t really a citizen here, you need to leave.’

Apple CEO revealed that he had visited New York’s Ellis Island over the weekend to feel what it might have been like to be an immigrant arriving there from overseas.

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  • Ned K.

    SU and fix wifi and BT first, Tim. Are you a politician now, huh?

  • John

    This article is completely irrelevant to the iPhone in Canada website. Last time I looked, this website focuses on Apple and related products, not politics. Perhaps Usman should rethink submission of news like this.

  • Vikram662

    ^^^ LOL, there is always at least one of these guys.

  • Vikram662

    He’s the CEO of one of the most powerful companies in the world. He’s using his power for a cause he believes in. Props to him.

    Also, Tim isn’t the one fixing your phone problems, LOL.

  • mcfilmmakers

    Yet here is apple talking so… yeah, it does have a place here. Can’t argue against the “in Canada” part though.

  • mcfilmmakers

    Yet here is apple talking so… yeah, it does have a place here. Can’t argue against the “in Canada” part though.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    How about all our illegal Canadian brothers and sisters living in the US working at Apple? They need this news, right? 😉 Just kidding, I think the real answer is that there isn’t as much to say about iPhones as there once was so the site has to expand its focus so that there is something interesting to report on each day.

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