Apple CEO Tim Cook Tells President Trump Tech Employees Need A 'Clear Signal'

Both men stressed the importance of legislation having "heart."

During the June 19 tech summit at The White House, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly encouraged President Donald Trump and his administration to have more compassion with regards to immigration.

An unnamed source tells CNBC that Cook brought up immigration after President Trump said the Senate's health care bill needs "more heart," a sentiment he's voiced in the past. The tech CEO reportedly used that opening to pivot the conversation, and replied the immigration approach by the administration also "needs more heart."

Cook bolstered his argument by citing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. According to the ACLU, DACA provides work permits and a temporary reprieve from deportation for almost 800,000 undocumented young people who came to the United States as children. It was championed by former President Obama, but faces an uncertain future under the current administration.

Per tweets from The New York Times' Maggie Haberman, Cook also said tech employees are "nervous" about the Trump administration's stance on immigration and need a "clear signal" from the Commander-in-Chief.

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The New York Times reports President Trump then called for "comprehensive" immigration reform, which, according to CNBC, he urged the CEOs to push for by calling their senators and congressmen. However, the specifics of the reform President Trump mentioned remain unclear. 

Previously, the current administration has taken a hard line stance against such reform and has even proposed a controversial ban for people from six Muslim-majority countries.

In contrast, Cook has been very vocal about the economic value and merits immigrants add to the American economy. Back in January, he specifically addressed the aforementioned immigration ban in an e-mail to all Apple employees first obtained by BuzzFeed

Cook wrote, in part, "I've made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation's future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do."

"As I've said many times, diversity makes our team stronger," the tech giant added. "Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship. Our employees represent the finest talent in the world, and our team hails from every corner of the globe."

Cover image via Shutterstock / Laura Hutton / JStone / Andrew Cline.

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