Google announces to pay fees of about 500 young immigrants to US
OAKLAND: Google said it would support President-elect Joe Biden’s efforts to pass a new U.S. immigration law and would help cover application fees for immigrants seeking lawful work under a threatened government program.
It comes as Google and other major U.S. employers transition from four years of criticism to outgoing President Donald Trump for limiting immigration policies and undermining the ability of businesses to hire workers abroad.
Biden said last week that he would propose unspecified immigration legislation to Congress “immediately” after taking office on January 20.
“We will support the efforts of the new Congress and the incoming government to implement comprehensive immigration reform that will improve visa programs at work that will improve American competitiveness, give immigrant workers and employers more assurance, and promote better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices. “Google’s senior vice president Kent Walker said in a blog post.
Walker added that Google’s philanthropic arm will donate $ 250,000 to the organization United We Dream, which helps immigrants living in the United States illegally after arriving as children to secure work permits and to avoid deportation using the deferred action program, or DACA.
Walker said a court ruling would soon threaten to suspend the renewals and applications for the permits. Recipients are often called ‘dreamers’.
Google has partnered with fellow tech companies in the past when making statements on immigration policies. But only one other technology company spoke on the issue this week.
Uber Technologies Inc. told Reuters that it continues to support “Dreamers” and welcomes “the new government’s effort to reform our country’s immigration system.”