Tim Cook to Donald Trump: Tech workers ‘nervous’ about immigration

Apple CEO Tim Cook told President Donald Trump during a closed-door meeting on Monday that technology workers are “nervous” about immigration and that the administration’s approach to immigration “needs more heart.”

In response, Trump replied he wants to see comprehensive immigration reform from his Republican Congress and urged the CEOs to pressure their congressmen,  according to The New York Times and CNBC.

When speaking of the administration’s hardline approach to immigration, Cook cited the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama initiative that allows certain illegal aliens who entered the country as minors to be deferred from deportation and become eligible for a work permit.

Cook joined Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, among other tech executives, who went to the White House on Monday to participate in the American Technology Council roundtable. The council was formed by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to help modernize the American government to Silicon Valley-level technologies.

“The U.S. should have the most modern government in the world, and today it doesn’t,” said Cook during the open-door session of the roundtable. “The government should be focused on its citizens. I would really encourage you to ask the cabinet to measure their parts of government and what they are doing to serve their citizens.”

Cook also asked Trump to make computer coding a requirement in every public school in the United States.

In February, before his first speech to a joint session of Congress, Trump spoke off-hand to reporters about how “the time is right for an immigration bill as long as there is compromise on both sides.” But no proposal or public announcements about an immigration bill has been made so far.

Photo: Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks as President Donald Trump listens during an American Technology Council roundtable in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Monday, June 19, 2017, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)


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  • There was an interesting article from a NYT columnist that legal and illegal immigtrants are less likely to become involved in crime, bring more productivity and innovation, and are more likely to be religious than Americans who have lived for generations in the U.S. If I can find the article, I will post the link here.