Microsoft General Counsel and Executive Vice President Brad Smith addresses shareholder during Microsoft Shareholders Meeting December 3, 2014 in Bellevue, Washington.
Microsoft responded strongly to the Trump administration’s decision on Tuesday to move toward rescinding or replacing DACA within six months.
It’s the latest tech company to speak out against the move. Microsoft’s letter, written by president and chief legal officer Brad Smith, is particularly strong-worded.
Smith and Microsoft call on Congress to “reprioratize the fall legislative calendar and move quickly with the new legislation to protect these 800,000 dreamers.” Congress, which just returned back to session after the Labor Day Weekend on Tuesday, has a lot to tackle, including tax reform.
“As an employer, we appreciate that the Dreamers add to the competitiveness and economic success of our company and the entire nation’s business community,” Microsoft said. “In short, urgent DACA legislation if both an economic imperative and a humanitarian necessity.”
Microsoft said it has 39 Dreamers that it counts among its employees and that it will “exercise its legal rights properly to help protect our employees,” even if Congress doesn’t come to a decision on new legislation to replace or rescind DACA within six months.
“In short, if Dreamers who are our employees are in court, we will be by their side,” Microsoft said.