Apple CEO Tim Cook, together with the company’s Senior Vice President Deirdre O’Brien, filed a Supreme Court brief on Wednesday to personally voice assist for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an immigration program that President Trump tried to terminate in 2017 however that has been kept alive by a series of court appeals.
The Supreme Court is slated to hear debates in November on whether Trump’s decision to end DACA was legal.
Since President Barack Obama established it in 2012, DACA has protected about 800,000 young adult unauthorized immigrants from deportation and has allowed them to work in the US legally.
While that is the first time Cook has put his name on a brief, he and Apple have long supported Dreamers (as DACA recipients are called), 443 of which work at Apple, based on the brief.
“We didn’t hire them out of kindness or charity. We did it because Dreamers embody Apple’s innovation strategy,” Cook wrote in brief.
Throughout Trump’s meetings with the tech industry in 2017, Cook urged Trump to show compassion for Dreamers. Cook and Apple have additionally spoken out against changes to immigration visas for highly skilled tech workers.