Apple: Tim Cook and the DACA troll

A tweet in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act draws 100,000 likes and one troll. On Twitter, that’s all it takes.

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My take: I don’t know Jeffrey Thompson, “Computer Geek for Jesus Christ,” but I know the type—the bandwidth hog that will have the last word—and I’ve learned to give it wide berth.

What matters to investors is that with his message of support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DECA) program, Tim Cook has touched a raw nerve. He’s telling the computer geeks for Trump, in effect, that he doesn’t need their business.

See also: Tim Cook walks a political tightrope.


  1. Fred Stein said:
    1) As CEO, Tim speaks out on behalf of his employees. Morally correct and ‘just doing his job.”
    2) His dreamer employees, collectively, have thousands, maybe tens of thousands of co-worker and friends who work for Apple and welcome his support.
    3) Millions of customers and investors world wide appreciate his courage.

    This is not about politics or religion. Still, someone who’s tagline is “computer geek for Jesus Christ” may find inspiration is the parable of the “The Good Samaritan.”

    September 4, 2017
  2. Ken Cheng said:
    I’m sure Tim knows it comes with the territory.

    September 4, 2017
  3. Robert Paul Leitao said:
    *sigh* This appears to be yet another misread of the Constitution at best or an effort to shroud one’s view in patriotic colors to support a political position concerning the fate of more than 800,000 US residents brought to this country as children through non-formal or non-legal channels.

    The current president’s administration has continued with the practice of issuing temporary and renewable immigration action deferments and work permits under DACA to the affected class of US residents.

    The constitutional question is whether or not executive branch action, without the formal advice and consent of Congress, was the appropriate means for the creation and implementation of the policy, a policy that until now has continued unabated.

    If, as reported, the president chooses to cease implementation of DACA with a 6-month delay to allow Congress to act, then it’s the responsibility of Congress to act within the constitutional framework of this nation and either renew DACA or pass similar legislation.

    The Constitution of the United States does not dictate US immigration policy. The Constitution establishes a framework for the creation and implementation of law. Lawmakers can revise US immigration law at any time under the constitutional framework.

    So here’s my question: If Congress acts to draft legislation renewing DACA in accord with the constitutional framework of this nation, will the tweets claiming “Fairness is abiding by the US Constitution and the Rule of Law” continue celebrating the work of Congress or will the tweets continue without references to the Constitution but filled with vitriol and some other justification for all-too-familiar political rants to keep over 800,000 US residents in a surreal state of legal limbo?

    I applaud Tim Cook’s public position on the issue of Dreamers and look forward to both the White House and Congress working together within the constitutional framework of this nation to resolve in a just way the legal status of over 800,000 US residents.

    Go Apple.

    September 4, 2017

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