“We did not hire them out of kindness or charity,” Apple said in the court filing. “We did it because Dreamers embody Apple’s innovation strategy. They come from diverse backgrounds and display a wide range of skills and experiences that equip them to tackle problems from different perspectives.”
In its filing, Apple relayed anecdotes about the lives and work of five Dreamers who work at Apple, all told anonymously because they “fear retribution.” One was identified in the document as D.O., who Apple said was brought by his mother to the United States from Mexico as an 8-year-old.
“I think the adversity I faced led me to develop a really strong work ethic that allowed me to succeed,” D.O. says in the court document. “I attended a college program where you could graduate with your bachelor’s in three years instead of four — but that meant no breaks, no summers off.”
Apple said Dreamers’ unique backgrounds bring tangible skills to the company that make it more successful. It also made a moral case for preserving DACA, arguing Dreamers came to our country as children through no fault of their own.
“Our country has enjoyed unparalleled success by welcoming people from around the world who seek to make a better life for themselves and their families, no matter their backgrounds,” the company said. “As a group, they tend to display levels of determination and resolve that would be the pride of any business. We could tell you 443 stories to illustrate these attributes.”
Immigrants help drive the vitality of the American labor force. And President Donald Trump’s attempts to crack down on immigration have drawn strong criticism from many quarters of the business community.
“Apple would not exist without immigration,” he said in the 2017 letter.