Several companies have issued their statement publicly following the decision by Trump administration to stop the DACA program. Microsoft, one of those companies, announced today that they will cover legal fees for employees that face deportation due to the end of Dreamers immigration program.
Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, made the promise in his statement that he and Microsoft condemn Trump’s decision to end the DACA program, and called it “a big step back for our entire country.”
Smith goes on to say that Microsoft currently employes 39 people that are were under the protection of DACA, and that “if Dreamers who are our employees are in court, we will be by their side.” These fees include paid legal counseling, seeking ways to intervene, and filing an amicus brief on behalf of the employee.
In addition, Smith pointed out that Microsoft will also “work as needed with other companies and the broader business community to vigorously defend the legal rights of all Dreamers.”
Smith also urged Congress to pass a replacement for DACA within the next six months before the program shuts down entirely. He says that “Microsoft, like many other companies, cares greatly about modernizing the tax system and making it fairer and more competitive. But we need to put the humanitarian needs of these 800,000 people on the legislative calendar before a tax bill.”