Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview that it was inhuman to deny amnesty to those who were brought into the country illegally as children.
What did he say exactly?
“I think it’s the biggest issue of our time,” he said when asked about illegal immigrants. “Because this goes to the values of being American.”
“This is, ‘are we human?'” he said.
“Are we acting in a track of morality?” he continued. “These people if you haven’t met them, at Apple we have many that came when they were two years old, they didn’t make a decision to come. They came here, they only know our country, this is their home, they love America deeply, when you talk to them, I wish everyone in America loved America this much.”
“They have jobs, they pay taxes, they are pillars of their communities,” Cook added. “They’re incredible people. And so to me it would be like someone coming to Mike, and saying Mike I just found out you’re not really a citizen here you need to leave.”
“This is unacceptable, this is not who we are as a country and so I am personally shocked that there’s even a discussion of this,” he said. “This is one of those things when it is so clear, and it’s not a political thing, or at least I don’t see it like that at all.”
“This is about basic human dignity and respect, it is that simple and straightforward,” he added.
“On the broader issue of immigration,” he continued, “if I was a country leader right now my goal would be to monopolize the world’s talent. I’d want every smart person coming to my country, because smart people create jobs and jobs is the ultimate thing that create a great environment in a country a land of opportunity, a land where everybody can do well if you work hard.”
“These are the things that drive people,” he concluded, “it gives people a sense of purpose, and uh so, I’d have a very aggressive plan, not just to let a few people in, I would be recruiting.”
Here’s the video of his comments:
Who would disagree with Tim Cook’s assessment?
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is one of the immigration enforcement hawks who is vehemently opposed to any amnesty for illegal aliens, including those who were brought in as children. He says that while some are noteworthy residents, many are drug dealers and criminals.
Ann Coulter also disagrees with those wanting to grant “Dreamers’ amnesty and has attacked President Trump for any hint that he might have softened on deporting those brought into the country as children.