Google Will Pay for 500 DACA Application Fees
The grant will be given to United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led community group in the country.
Google has vowed to pay for 500 DACA application fees, for a total of $250,000. The grant will be given to United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country, which works on behalf of undocumented youth. Kent Walker, Google's SVP of Global Affairs, said that the company is aware that this grant "is only a temporary solution."
"We believe it's important that Dreamers have a chance to apply for protection under the program so that they can safeguard their status in the United States," Walker wrote in a blog post. "But in the middle of a global pandemic that has led to economic hardship, especially for the many immigrants playing essential roles on the front lines, there is concern that many Dreamers cannot afford to pay the application fee. We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers."
Last year, the Trump administration signed an executive order freezing all work visas, including the H1-B. In 2019, about two-thirds of all H1-B visa recipients worked in tech.
"We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms," Walker said. "Dreamers and other talented immigrants enrich our communities, contribute to our economy, and exemplify the innovative spirit of America. We're proud to support them."
In 2019, Google faced criticism for hiring former homeland security official Miles Taylor, who worked for Kirstjen Nielsen, Trump's third Secretary of Homeland Security. Nielsen was instrumental in enforcing the policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border.