Apple joins other tech companies in opposing the scrapping of the DACA program

Apple has joined a legal challenge by more than 100 tech companies against a decision to end protection for so-called “Dreamer” immigrants, reports Reuters.

A legal briefing was filed Wednesday afternoon on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects immigrants brought into the U.S illegally as children from deportation and which the Trump administration has decided to scrap, the article adds. The filing is in support of a lawsuit filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in the Northern District of California. Becerra filed an additional motion — the one supported by Apple — on Wednesday that seeks to put a block on the withdrawal of DACA.

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“Apple will be harmed significantly if it can no longer benefit from the hard work, creativity, and intelligence of its employees with DACA status,” said Deirdre O‘Brien, Apple’s vice president of people, in a filing supporting the motion. The tech giant employs more than 250 DACA recipients, the filing said.

The lawsuit challenges Trump’s September decision to rescind DACA, which was established by former President Barack Obama in 2012. It's set to expire in March.