Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and IBM challenge Trump on immigration

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Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and IBM challenge Trump on immigration

Google, Microsoft and other major tech companies are set to join a legal challenge against a decision to end protections against deportation for immigrants brought into the United States illegally as children.

A legal briefing on the so-called Dreamers program, which the Trump administration has decided to rescind, was expected to be filed Wednesday afternoon, according to IBM, which joins Google and Microsoft in the challenge.

The challenge, also supported by ride-hailing service Lyft, is in support of a lawsuit filed by California attorney general Xavier Becerra.

The lawsuit challenges Trump’s September decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was established by former US president Barack Obama in 2012. DACA is set to expire in March.

"DACA’s rescission will inflict serious harm on US companies, all workers, and the American economy as a whole," the filing reads, according to a draft of the amicus brief provided by one of the companies.

A week ago, dozens of tech companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon.com and others formed The Coalition for the American Dream, a group calling for bipartisan legislation this year that would give illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency. 

About 900,000 immigrants have been shielded from deportation under the DACA program.

Reporting by Salvador Rodriguez and Jeffrey Dastin. Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Tom Brown

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