Chief Executives See a ‘Sad Day’ After Trump’s DACA Decision

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President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, created by President Obama to allow children who entered the United States illegally to remain the country, spurred reactions through the business community — many of them opposed to the rollback of protections.

Last week more than 400 business executives signed a letter to the president and congressional leaders, warning that these immigrants — known as “Dreamers” — are vital to the economy.

On Tuesday, after Mr. Trump’s action was announced, some took to Twitter or blogs to express their disapproval.


The company’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, wrote in a Twitter message that Apple would fight for the people affected by Mr. Trump’s action to be “treated as equals.”

In a previous message, Mr. Cook said hundreds of Apple employees were covered by DACA.


Mark Zuckerberg posted a long statement on his personal Facebook page, which said in part:

“This is a sad day for our country. The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.”

Univision Communications

Randy Falco, president and chief executive of the Spanish-language broadcaster, released a statement that said, in part:

“I am disappointed, to say the least, in today’s announcement by the administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.

“The U.S. government is revoking the ability of roughly 800,000 Dreamers to continue to work and contribute in countless ways to the United States — the only home they have ever known. This is a failure to live up to a commitment already made to Dreamers and is contrary to America’s values and traditions.”


Sundar Pichai, the company’s chief executive, wrote on Twitter:


Brad Smith, the company’s president and chief legal officer, released a statement on its blog, which said, in part:

“We are deeply disappointed by the administration’s decision today to rescind protection under the program for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). As we said last week, we believe this is a big step back for our entire country.”

Goldman Sachs

Lloyd Blankfein, the bank’s chief executive, urged Congress to restore DACA’s protections.


Devin Wenig, eBay’s chief executive, urged members of Congress on Twitter to restore DACA’s protections.

Business Roundtable

The Roundtable’s chairman, Jamie Dimon, who is also the chairman and chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, released a statement through the industry organization, saying, “America is and always has been a country of immigrants. We should do everything in our power to continue to attract the best and brightest because they make us stronger as a people and as an economy. And, when people come here to learn, work hard and give back to their communities, we should allow them to stay in the United States.”


Chuck Robbins, the company’s chief executive, said on Twitter that he backed the Dreamers.


The company’s chief executive, Aaron Levie, also posted on Twitter in support of the deferred action program.