Google supports Joe Biden’s efforts to pass a new US immigration law

Alphabet’s Google said it would aid President-elect Joe Biden’s efforts to pass a new U.S. immigration law and help cover application fees for immigrants seeking legitimate work under an threatened government program.

Google said Wednesday it would pay application fees for about 500 young immigrants seeking employment under the “Deferred Action on Child Arrivals” program.

Google and other major U.S. employers switch from four years of criticizing outgoing President Donald Trump for restricting immigration policies and undermining companies’ ability to hire foreign-born workers.

Biden said last week that he would propose unspecified immigration legislation to Congress “immediately” after taking office on Jan. 20. Biden’s Democratic Party will control Congress and increase the chance that its ideas will become law.

“We will support the efforts of the new Congress and the new administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-related visa programs, improves US competitiveness, provides greater security for migrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration and border security practices,” said Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president, in a blog post.

Walker added that Google’s philanthropic arm would donate $ 2.50,000 (approximately rupees 1.8 million) to United We Dream, which helps immigrants who are illegally residing in the United States after they arrive as children get work permits and to avoid deportation with the help of the deferred action program DACA.

A court ruling, expected soon, threatens to halt renewals and applications for these permits, Walker said. Recipients are often referred to as “dreamers”.

Google has partnered with other major tech companies in the past to provide immigration policy statements. But only one other tech company commented on the matter this week.

Uber told Reuters it continued to support “dreamers” and welcomed “the new administration’s efforts to reform our nation’s immigration system.”

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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