Apple Stands Up in Support of Dreamers

Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, and other executives showed their support for Dreamers by signing an amicus brief that is currently pending. Tim Cook said undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children have made a great contribution at Apple. Cook also said that Apple employs 443 Dreamers in 36 states across the country. The number of Dreamers employed at Apple has nearly doubled since 2017.

In 2012, the Obama administration’s Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA, was unsuccessful in Congress but took shape as an executive order. Their efforts were meant to allow children brought into the country illegally to avoid deportation. In September 2017, the Trump Administration rescinded DACA, a decision which now faces legal challenges that will be taken up by the Supreme Court.

Apple’s Supreme Court Filing

"We did not hire them out of kindness or charity," Apple said in the court filing. "We did it because Dreamers embody Apple's innovation strategy. They come from diverse backgrounds and display a wide range of skills and experiences that equip them to tackle problems from different perspectives."

In this filing, Apple provided anecdotes about five Dreamers who work at Apple. One of them, referred to as D.O., was brought by his mother to the United States from Mexico as an 8-year-old. In the court document, D.O. says, "I think the adversity I faced led me to develop a really strong work ethic that allowed me to succeed. I attended a college program where you could graduate with your bachelor's in three years instead of four — but that meant no breaks, no summers off."

Apple stated that Dreamers bring unique skills and backgrounds to Apple, allowing them to be innovative and successful. Cook also made an argument stating that Dreamers shouldn’t be deported because they came to the United States as children, through no fault of their own.

"Our country has enjoyed unparalleled success by welcoming people from around the world who seek to make a better life for themselves and their families, no matter their backgrounds," said Apple. "As a group, they tend to display levels of determination and resolve that would be the pride of any business. We could tell you 443 stories to illustrate these attributes."

This isn’t the first time Apple has stood up for immigrants. In 2017, Cook also issued a letter saying Apple did not support Trump’s ban on travel to the United States that targeted primarily Muslims. Apple stated that they would support employees from those countries.

"Apple would not exist without immigration," he said in the 2017 letter.

If you’re a Dreamer and you’re unsure of your current status, contact our New Jersey immigration attorneys today at (800) 909-8129. Only an immigration attorney can give you the legal advice you need to protect your rights.