Microsoft president Brad Smith argued that DACA is an economic imperative and a humanitarian necessity.
Microsoft president Brad Smith argued that DACA is an "economic imperative and a humanitarian necessity." WELLESENTERPRISES/GETTY

Shortly after President Trump announced that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for 800,000 US residents brought to the country as children, Microsoft president Brad Smith announced that his company would be fighting deportations in court.

Smith pledged that Microsoft "will exercise its legal rights properly to help protect our employees." Thirty-nine Microsoft workers are Dreamers under DACA, and if the government tries to deport them, Microsoft "will provide and pay for their legal counsel," Smith said. He added that Microsoft would also file amicus briefs in these cases and consider more direct legal intervention.

"As this debate moves forward, we need to remember that these 800,000 individuals came to our nation as children," Smith wrote.

He continued:

They grew up in this country. They attended our local schools and count millions of American citizens as friends. They obey our laws, pay taxes here and have registered voluntarily with the federal government for DACA relief. They are loyal to this country and contribute their time and money to local churches, schools and community groups. The Dreamers are part of our nation’s fabric. They belong here.

Smith's announcement follows after both he and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella signed an open letter to Trump last month that urged him to protect the DACA program. Amazon's Jeff Bezos signed the letter as well.

Read Smith's full announcement here.