Tim Cook, Charles Koch write joint op-ed urging action on dreamers

Tim Cook, Charles Koch write joint op-ed urging action on dreamers
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Apple CEO Tim Cook and billionaire GOP donor Charles Koch are jointly pressing Congress to shore up permanent legal protections for young immigrants in the U.S. illegally. 

In an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Thursday, Cook and Koch argued that the U.S. "is at its best" when it embraces diversity, adding that Congress has a "moral imperative" to grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of "dreamers" — immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

"This is a political, economic and moral imperative. The sooner that Congress resolves this situation — on a permanent basis — the sooner dreamers can seize the opportunity to plan their lives and develop their talents," they wrote.

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Cook and Koch present an unusual pairing. Koch and his brother, David, are known as two of the most prominent conservative donors in the country. Cook, on the other hand, has given to both Republican and Democratic candidates, though he backed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton labels Trump coronavirus executive actions a 'stunt' What Trump got wrong by pushing coal Trump is fighting the wrong war MORE during the 2016 presidential race.

Cook and Koch said both their businesses had benefited from employing dreamers, and the U.S. has a responsibility to allow talented people the ability to work in the country.

"The United States should not hold hard-working, patriotic people hostage to the debate over immigration — or, worse, expel them because we have yet to resolve a complex national argument," they wrote. 

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign MORE announced in September that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which granted certain young immigrants a temporary reprieve from deportation as well as work permits.

Democratic lawmakers and some Republicans have pushed for legislative action by the end of the year that would grant dreamers legal status. House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Budowsky: Why I back Kennedy, praise Markey Democratic super PAC quotes Reagan in anti-Trump ad set to air on Fox News: 'Are you better off?' MORE (R-Wis.) has said that the deadline for addressing a DACA fix is in March, when the program ends.

Some Democrats have said they will not vote for an end-of-year spending measure if DACA is not addressed.