Disney CEO Bob Iger Calls DACA Decision ‘Cruel and Misguided’

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Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger weighed in on President Trump’s decision to rescind an Obama-era program to allow young undocumented immigrants to remain in the country.

“The Dreamers impacted by this cruel and misguided decision make significant contributions to our economy and our country, and I urge Congress to take immediate bipartisan action to pass legislation that will protect these innocent people,” Iger said in a statement.

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Iger resigned from a White House advisory council in June in protest of the decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday the ending of former President Barack Obama’s 2012 executive order to allow children of undocumented immigrants to remain in the country, under certain conditions. The number of those affected by the decision is almost 800,000.

A spokesman for the company did not return calls for additional comment. It’s unclear just how many Disney employees are in the DACA program or what steps the company planned to take if they face deportation.

Just after Trump made his announcement, such tech executives as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Apple’s Tim Cook weighed in. Cook said that 250 Apple employees were Dreamers, as those who came to the U.S. as children are known, and wrote that the company “will fight for them to be treated as equals.”

Last week, Zuckerberg and Cook signed their names to an open letter calling on Trump to retain the program, and they were joined by other corporate figures such as Barry Diller, AT&T’s Randall Stephenson and Casey Wasserman. Later on Tuesday, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish added his name to the list.

Spokespersons for Time Warner, Comcast, 21st Century Fox and Sony did not return requests for comment.

Microsoft, meanwhile, said that it would pay legal costs of any employee who is threatened with deportation.

“We will also file an amicus brief and explore whether we can directly intervene in any such case,” Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, wrote in a blog post. “In short, if Dreamers who are our employees are in court, we will be by their side.”

Iger has been an advocate for immigration reform. In 2010, he joined a coalition called the Partnership for a New American Economy advocating for immigration reform, including a route to legal status for undocumented individuals currently in the U.S.

 

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  1. Marney says:

    Nothing more cruel or misguided than a greedy American company that fires all its American tech workers and replaces them with foreign slaves. Even worse, Bob made the newly unemployed American tech workers train their replacements. No wonder Iger supports DACA.

  2. gouparchery says:

    good post

  3. Dylan C says:

    Isn’t Disney the same company that farmed their IT department out to Indian workers, but forced the people they were letting go to train their replacements (since they did not have the experience) in order to get severance? That seems a bit more “cruel and misguided”. Unless he is saying it is ok for Disney to do stuff like that to make more money for it’s shareholders, but not ok for America to do that to save money for the Taxpayers that can be used for American Citizens.

  4. janice says:

    Iger is a fake and a douchebag. If he cares so much, why doesn’t he and his model wife take in or support a bunch of these kids? This is a scam by Democrats: what parents would send their single-digit children, thousands of miles to an unknown – ALONE?? Democrats need an underclass to stay in power and Disney is a hotbed of homos and trans freaks.

    • Sad says:

      He obviously has never seen the homeless encampment in la 7 miles long along the billion dollar river developments that we no longer can use.

    • See Me - Feel Me says:

      Ever considered anger therapy? Why is it that all trump supporters all walk it and talk it just like him?

  5. Mary says:

    oh Paleeezzze. Like we should listen to his “weigh in”. He barely pays scale. of course he wants DACA he can pay less wages. All these CEO’s should shut up and pay up.

  6. Alex says:

    What does Iger call all the Disney lay offs?

  7. Maxwellz Silverstein Hammersky says:

    “The President” I refer to below is DJT.

  8. Maxwellz Silverstein Hammersky says:

    The President has become Stephen King’s “It” personified. And said “It” wears his illness on his sleeve. SAD! And PATHETIC.

    3 cheers for Mr. Iger.

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