Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft, said immigration reform has gained sufficient support from Washington. Moreover, the Congress should take necessary action in 2017.
Smith expressed his support through number of tweets on marriage equality in Australia and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA program protects children brought in the U.S. illegally from deportation.
Microsoft’s president is one of the technology leaders who wish to let DACA recipients stay in the U.S. However, the Department of Homeland Security stated it would phase out the program.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigrant Services made an announcement of initiation of phase out program on September 5, 2017. Moreover, it provided six month window to consider certain requests for DACA and work authorization applications under specific parameters. It also outlined the further steps to phase out DACA.
President Trump commented on the issue in September 2017. He said there will be no action taken for next six months and the congress has responsibility to legalize DACA.
Microsoft president said, “It should be possible to move quickly and use a quicker victory to build momentum on Capitol Hill to then accomplish bigger and more substantial things.”
Smith emphasized that the committee needs to hold discussions and take decision soon.
The cancellation of phase out of DACA program would enable immigrants, for whom the only known home is U.S., stay in the country.