Microsoft President Brad Smith speaking at the 2019 GeekWire Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong)
There’s the service and security engineer — brought to the U.S. from Mexico when she was four years old — who took an early interest in technology. One of her colleagues arrived at just four months of age, an excellent student who had offers from several top tech companies after graduating from California Polytechnic. They’re just two of the five dozen or so Microsoft employees facing an uncertain future ahead of a critical case the U.S. Supreme Court will hear next week.
Microsoft President Brad Smith spotlighted their stories in a blog post Friday as he and others on his team prepare to head to Washington D.C. Microsoft, Princeton University, and other plaintiffs are challenging President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. DACA has allowed dozens of Microsoft employees and some 700,000 other undocumented immigrants, brought to the U.S. as children, to remain in the country.
“We’ve told our Microsoft Dreamers that we will stand up for them along with all the nation’s DACA recipients,” Smith wrote. “We’ll represent them in court and litigate on their behalf.”
Microsoft’s is one of three DACA cases the Supreme Court will hear on Nov. 12.
President Barack Obama enacted DACA by executive order in 2012 after Congress failed to enact a solution for the so-called Dreamers. Its recipients are authorized to pursue an education and work in the U.S. In 2017, Trump moved to rescind the program, prompting several lawsuits from universities, states, and civil rights groups. Microsoft is the only corporation to join the legal challenges to DACA’s repeal. Lower courts have blocked the administration’s efforts to rescind DACA over the past two years.
The Trump administration claims DACA was an overreach of executive power because …read more