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Microsoft President Says Congress Should Prioritize Protecting Dreamers

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Following President Donald Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) President Brad Smith said Congress should prioritize passing legislation to protect the undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers.

Smith said in a blog post on Tuesday that Congress should adopt legislation on DACA before trying to pass a tax reform bill.

"We say this even though Microsoft, like many other companies, cares greatly about modernizing the tax system and making it fairer and more competitive," Smith wrote.

He added, "But we need to put the humanitarian needs of these 800,000 people on the legislative calendar before a tax bill."

The post from Smith comes after the administration announced a decision to rescind the DACA program, which provides certain illegal immigrants who were brought to the country as children protection from deportation and eligibility to apply for work permits.

DACA will be wound down to create a time period for Congress to act to address the approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants granted protection under the program.

"Although we should all ask Congress to act within six months, we should be prepared for the possibility that it will not do so," Smith wrote.

Smith said Microsoft would subsequently exercise its legal rights to help protect the 39 Dreamers the company knows of who are our employees.

"If the government seeks to deport any one of them, we will provide and pay for their legal counsel," Smith wrote. "We will also file an amicus brief and explore whether we can directly intervene in any such case. In short, if Dreamers who are our employees are in court, we will be by their side."

by RTT Staff Writer

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