Microsoft Letter to DREAM Act Sponsors


April 3, 2009

The Honorable Richard Durbin 
United States
Senate
309 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
The
Honorable Richard Lugar
United States Senate
306 Hart Senate
Office Building
Washington, DC  20510
 
Dear Senator Durbin
and Senator Lugar:

We are writing to express Microsoft’s strong
support for your recent re-introduction of the Development, Relief and
Education for Alien Minors Act (The “DREAM Act”).  We applaud your
efforts to ensure that America fully empowers – and reaps benefits from –
bright students who are dedicated to education and hard work.  To
maintain its position of leadership in the global economy, America must
be the locus of the world’s best minds.  It is essential to our nation’s
competitiveness and success to nurture the talent we have and to
incorporate bright, hardworking students into the workforce to become
the next generation of leaders in this country.

As you know,
strengthening education is one of Microsoft’s highest priorities. 
Microsoft sees great synergy between the DREAM Act and Microsoft’s
initiatives to support education and workforce training in the United
States.  The DREAM Act reinforces and protects America’s substantial
investments in the education of its youth, and ensures that America will
reap the benefits of those investments.  The DREAM Act rewards those
who place high value on education, on hard work, and on service to
country.

Microsoft is putting its dedication to work through a
host of initiatives, including:

  • Through our Unlimited Potential Community Technology Skills program,
    in the US, we’ve invested $85 million in cash, software and training
    support to more than 4,500 community technology since 2003;
  • Through our Partners in Learning program in the US, we have invested
    $35 million in resources and training in K-12, touching more than 2.3
    million students and teachers to actively increase access to technology
    and improve its use in learning; and
  • Through our recently launched Elevate America program we will offer 1
    million learning vouchers for no cost that provide the skills needed
    for people of all ages who are preparing for job opportunities in
    today’s changing economy.

The overarching goal of all of these initiatives is to invest in and
improve the education and skill levels so that America’s workforce can
be the best in the world. This goal is frustrated when America loses
that investment by turning the educated away when they are poised to
enter the workforce – and when America is poised to reap the powerful
benefits these bright individuals stand ready to offer.

Opening
the door to the best intellectual resources our country can muster is
essential to our future strength.  Your introduction of the DREAM Act is
an important step toward that goal, and an important sign of momentum
toward the broader reforms that our country so urgently needs.

Sincerely,
Fred
Humphries
Managing Director, U.S. Government Affairs


Comments (68)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Is it common for Microsoft to express their support for a bill? What actions have they taken following a written letter to the sponsors of bills?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks to Mr. Gates and Mr. Humphries for doing the right thing.  "The DREAM Act rewards those who place high value on education, on hard work, and on service to country. "  Our country needs such people.Your support means a world to the hidden talents of these future servicemen and entrepreneurs.

  3. Anonymous says:

    While I support the legislation, I do not think these students should be entitled to receive in-state tuition benefits at any university in the United States which is included in the bill.  These students will qualify for in-state tuition benefits in their state of residency regardless of their citizenship status.  Yes, these young people should have a path to citizenship and establishing it is absolutely the right thing to do.  

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much Microsoft for the support of the DREAM ACT.  An act that will give an opportunity to young people prusue their education; nothing more nothing less.  Notwithstanding, Dave please be advised that the bill DOES NOT provide instate tuition.  It will be up to each individual state if passed.  

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, Mr Gates, for your support.    Herbert Peek

  6. Anonymous says:

    YEAH MICROSOFT. I always wanted to work for them as a little geek, and now I am even more proud of them as a company, it takes guts for them to stand up for people in the face of adversity with all the Immigration Rednecks who fail to realize that this country is founded on immigrants. No one but Native Americans are actually from America. Nothing irritates me more to hear something so stupid as Gov. Arnold saying "We must keep out the foreigners" in his awful Austrian accent. It's beginning to sound more and more like the Nazi's philosophy of the Aryan race being superior. What's next we start gassing Mexicans and Central Americans without green cards?

  7. Anonymous says:

    The DREAM Act will contribute to the future prosperity of us all by creating a more free and educated workforce.  Thank you very much for understanding that and voicing your support.  

  8. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft Community,     On behalf of the Texas DREAM Act community we thank you for taking such stance in support of the DREAM Act.  With the passage of the DREAM Act, many future computer engineers and professionals will be able to fully contribute to the country the call home – the United States.  

  9. Anonymous says:

    On behalf of the Sacramento Dream Act community, we applaud you for recognizing the intrinsic value of educated, multilingual, multicultural, young professionals.  We can assure you that your investment into our community will yield great benefit for both Microsoft and America.    

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Mr Humphries and Mr Gates. Your support means a lot to students who would benefit from the Dream Act, we really appreciate it.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Yeah! Microsoft rocks! Thanks for supporting the DREAM act and the opportunity for me to go to college!

  12. Anonymous says:

    This goal is frustrated when America loses that investment by turning the educated away when they are poised to enter the workforce – and when America is poised to reap the powerful benefits these bright individuals stand ready to offer.    Couldn't have said it better myself.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is great! Educating everyone in the country until HS is a losing strategy when we know we need all the educated talent we can get to rebuild & renew America's economy & place in the world.    This is a huge step forward for education & securing our economy for the long term.  Way to show leadership Microsoft.  Hopefully other business can now step forward in a strategic way to invest in America's Future.

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is wonderful!  I'm so glad that Microsoft has decided to take positive action in the fight for social justice!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for taking this stance for students across the country. Now, more than ever, we need true leadership that will stand up for education being a right and real solutions to solve our economic crisis.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for taking a forward-looking stand on such an important issue.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much for supporting the DREAM!

  18. Anonymous says:

    On behalf of the Alliance of DREAMs Coalition at UCLA, we would like to show our appreciation for Microsoft in taking a stance to make education a right and making  a commitment to creating an educated task force for the leaders of tomorrow!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft    Thank you for supporting the DREAM Act. As an educator I see the potential, inspiration and hard work the DREAM students put in their education.  We must allow them to start working in their degrees so they help our economy by paying taxes.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft,    Thank you for taking an interest in the future of this nation. I truly hope everyone understands the importance of higher education and how the students under the DREAM Act can contribute to the country greatly.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for your support on the DREAM Act!  It is economically vital for everyone in the United States of America to recognize the assets students will bring to the table today, tomorrow, and in the future. Your support is greatly appreciated!!!!!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    This makes a lot of sense to me. Microsoft is very invested in the education of our students and so it makes sense that they support the DREAM Act. I applaud Microsoft for taking action on this issue as it is very important that we do not waste any resources. The DREAM Act will ensure that our invested tax dollars into the education of these students see a return on investment. Microsoft, as a tax paying citizen I appreciate the support you lend this cause. Thank you!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Microsoft for taking this very important step in making sure that our nation remains as competitive and economically sound as it's always been. These brilliant students want the opportunity to give back to these country, the only country they know and are loyal to, what they have received. Your support is essential in making this happen and we applaud you for that.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft, my German immigrant community applauds your courage in standing behind the DREAM Act. Your investments in education should be secured and this legislation will ensure that bright minds stay in the United States and help America be more competitive. I came to the U.S when I was eight years old on a visa with my mother. We were here visiting relatives and the next thing I knew I was being enrolled in school and by the time it came to apply to college I found out that my visa had expired years ago. I am now about to graduate college with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. My goals are set on going to Medical school but this will only be possible if the DREAM Act gets passed this year. I am eager to give back to America-a place that I have grown to love and regard as my own. The immigrant experience is a tough one but it teaches you to be grateful for all that you have worked for. It makes one aware of the needs of all Americans and I intend to cater to those needs within the medical field. To everyone in opposition, I challenge you to rethink your priorities and reason with me that we will all be better off in the US if students like me are allowed legal status so that we can begin living normal lives and contribute to the economy.

  25. Anonymous says:

    This is outrageous! While Microsoft sends jobs overseas and lobbies for unlimited cheap foreign workers in the US to drive down the wages of those people who made it a success, it demands that government also fill seats in schools with foreign students? And on the taxpayers' buck?    Are we not deserving?

  26. Anonymous says:

    This nightmare AMNESTY was already pushed back by American taxpayers last year who overwhelming opposed paying for lawbreakers! How do they answer by expanding it to "students" under the age of 35 who just have to claim that they once took or intend to take a single course at a technical college? No proof is required? No, rather the onus is the unerstaffed DHS and the American taxpayer to prove that each person did not in fact do as they claim.

  27. Anonymous says:

    What they won't tell you is that it would provide amnesty to any illegal alien under the age of 35 who first entered the United States before the age of 16, has been in the country for at least the last five years, and has earned a high school diploma or GED in the United States.    But here's the kicker: Illegal aliens only have to submit a petition in which they claim to meet these requirements. There is not a single provision in the DREAM Act that requires the aliens to provide proof that the claims are true. In fact, once an illegal alien submits this required petition, the only way the alien can be denied amnesty is if DHS proves that the claims are false. The potential for fraud is virtually unlimited.    The incentives created by the bill make massive fraud a certainty.  

  28. Anonymous says:

    Focus on making software for a change!

  29. Anonymous says:

    EARLIER THIS week Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer apparently suggested that the way to keep American jobs was to lower US professionals' pay to $55,000 – according to a report (http://www.americaneconomicalert.org/View_art.asp)     As he reportedly claimed at a recent technology conference, “low supply is keeping US engineers’ wages too high and causing job losses.” “Lower the pay of US professionals to $50,000,” Ballmer was quoted as suggesting, “and it won’t make sense for employers to put up with the hassle of doing business in developing countries.”    Ballmer never explained how U.S.-based high tech industry could expect to keep attracting the best and brightest American youth once salaries had cratered, but hey. He’s a CEO. That’s not his problem, right?. But here’s something that is his problem – explaining how Microsoft will keep sales buoyant in a nation whose entire wage structure has cratered, too.     What an idiot. Typifies everything that is wrong with this country. The ultra rich and their cupidity and desire for slave labor.

  30. Anonymous says:

    The good news for illegal alien students is that if their removal proceedings are stayed, they are automatically authorized to work in the US, regardless of whether they apply for and are granted amnesty. This is in addition to all the illegal aliens who are actually granted amnesty and automatically given work authorization with their conditional  permanent resident status.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Can Americans afford this? Here's the news from Washington State:  "Undoubtedly you are hearing news reports about the state budget and proposals to increase student tuition in order to adjust for state cuts to higher education budgets. The state legislature is proposing budget cuts of between 20-31%. The governor has proposed allowing four year colleges and universities like the University of Washington to raise tuition as much as 14% to help offset these large cuts. This proposed increase would apply to resident undergraduate tuition, but it is likely that there would also be increases in other tuition categories. Please remember, these are proposed cuts and tuition increases, and no final decisions have been made."

  32. Anonymous says:

    Why do I have to pay for this? We are already broke? If Microsoft wants to educate foreigners, let them fund universities abroad instead of passing the buck to the American taxpayer! SHAME ON YOU!

  33. Anonymous says:

    I agree with this act.  It is to no fault of their own that these students were allowed to go to High School in the U.S.A to later tell them, you can no longer continue to be part of our communities. These children are in need of our help as good american citizens, we should make sure that they can achieve fully the american dream. If we do not allow them to continue in our country in a legal form, how can we expect to call ourselves defenders of those in need? Again, these children were not asked if they wanted to come to this country, but they were taken here and we allowed them to think they were welcomed. We cannot let our tax dollars invested in their High School education to go to waste.

  34. Anonymous says:

    here we go again…to all who supports this. come to texas and we will be glad to send a family of illegals home with you and u pay their bills..lets see HOW MANY TAKERS WE HAVE !!!!!! now is the time to switch to mac or apple… all bill gates wants is cheap labor…go figure thats 20 million he can sell his product to…

  35. Anonymous says:

    THANK YOU so much for stating your support for the DREAM Act. Just one more reason for why I like PCs over Macs 😉    It is really important for educated professionals like the Microsoft team to push for just and logical legislation such as the DREAM Act.  Please continue to actively support the DREAM Act.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Microsoft for your support. Education and opportunity should never be denied or taken away. With a world filled with undiscovered brilliant minds, we need to remove prejudice and assumptions, and start realizing not only what benefit this can bring to our country, but the humanity.    PS.  This completely makes me a devoted windows user.  

  37. Anonymous says:

    Thank you microsoft for following your dedication to education. The Dream act will allow a whole new group of educated professionals to be able to put to use the degrees they have attained themselves in the nations top universities without being receiving any form of federal or institutional financial aid. With the passage of the Dream Act we will give students the opportunity to contribute to this nations economy as professional college graduates. Thank you microsoft for taking an active step in ensuring the future of prospective lawyers, teachers, and community leaders.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Thank you microsoft for following your dedication to education. The Dream act will allow a whole new group of educated professionals to be able to put to use the degrees they have attained themselves in the nations top universities without being receiving any form of federal or institutional financial aid. With the passage of the Dream Act we will give students the opportunity to contribute to this nations economy as professional college graduates. Thank you microsoft for taking an active step in ensuring the future of prospective lawyers, teachers, and community leaders.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for understanding the situation. Finally someone appreciates the need of Immigrant workforce in the United States.

  40. Anonymous says:

    Thanks to Mr. Gates and Mr. Humphries for doing the right thing.  The next time you see the Statue of Liberty, you can proudly say that you took part in her vision.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the support, and acknowledging these students are an investment in America as they consider themselves American and carry themselves with the traits we want as Americans.  Hardwork, innovation, and persistence.  

  42. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft,  Thank you for your support of the DREAM Act. I am a taxpayer and I certainly agree that my tax money needs to be used to educate all our youth in the US and then KEEP that youth here to work and contribute to our communities. The DREAM Act makes so much sense from an economic stand point especially because we have already educated these kids from k-12th grade and are now graduating from very good universities. It is not of sound mind to deport these bilingual professionals to other countries where they will use our education and investments in them to help those countries be more competitive than America. The DREAM Act ensures we keep the best and brightest students and make them work for us! America, hello!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for your support, I feel grateful that there are companies like yours who feel the same way as I do. These students have the right to obtain the U.S citizen because they were brought here as children and the United States is their home. Once again thank you for the support because you are making a big difference, there are many positive things that will happen when this act get passed. Many students will try harder in school because they know that they are given a great opportunity and dropout rates will also decrease. In the end when the act gets passed you will know that part was because of your great contribution.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Microsoft for your support.  It is  crucial that coorporate America like Microsoft understands the importance of supporting bills like DREAM ACT.  It is doing the right thing, giving these students the opportunity to contribute to the economy, society and every aspect of life.  Once again, THANK YOU!    Bruin

  45. Anonymous says:

    I want to thank Microsoft for their support. I believe that other companies should show their support, it is important that everyone who supports this bill show it. It is a time for action!!!  

  46. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, a million thanks again for supporting the bill!!!

  47. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for supporting the Dream Act.  I will continue to support your company by purchasing your products.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this letter, it truly means a lot to millions of students.

  49. Anonymous says:

    Thank you!    You guys don,t believe how happy i'm i with that news. I have a 20 years old boy, bright and smart guy.    I hope with this powerful support  (microsoft)  boys and girls like mine can have a future in our nation.  thank you  happy dad

  50. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your support of the DREAM Act. As an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church, I have long supported what I consider to be the reasonable migration of immigrants for survival. The DREAM Act is an economic no-brainer.

  51. Anonymous says:

    I want to thank Microsoft for their support of the DREAM Act.

  52. Anonymous says:

    L.E.J.O. AND YOUTH GROUP "UTOPIA" WANT TO THANK MICROSOFT FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND HELP TO ADVANCE THE "DREAM ACT".  

  53. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your support!.  We are not looking for hand-outs, we just want the opportunity to live happy and pursuit happiness, archiving our goals and providing for economy by getting Masters degrees and paying taxes.     20 years from now I will still be graceful, with these who support us, and this great nation.    Thanks!

  54. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for supporting the DREAM Act.  As an American Citizen and child of immigrants I strongly support this bill.  I strongly support the students who are living in an apartheid situation because of no fault of their own.  This makes sense to jump start our economy.  As it is, they already pay out of their pockets into the education system, their parents pay taxes and contribute positively to this economy, and are upstanding world citizens.  Most have degrees and are awaiting to use them to contribute back to the country they love.      Thank you again for seeing this bill for what it is.  The DREAM Act will help so many students and our communities.    

  55. Anonymous says:

    THANK YOU MICROSOFT! Your support and commitment to higher education and your endorsement of a bill that will secure the future of millions of kids that did nothing wrong is admirable!

  56. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Microsoft!!     This means alot to all the undocumented students that find it so hard to pursue an education yet are so determined and are exemplary students!  

  57. Anonymous says:

    The Dream Act is discrimination by legislation.  The Dream act discriminates against American citizens who are forced to pay OUT OF STATE tuition as individuals in the U.S. unlawfully pay IN STATE tuition.  This legisaltion should go down to defeat as it LEGISLATES DISCRIMINATION.

  58. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for your support.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for all your support Microsoft, it is very appreciated.

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  61. Anonymous says:

    Dear Fred Humphries (and Microsoft),    On behalf of Alianza Student Coalition (a Washington State coalition of Latino student organizations) I offer you my most sincere appreciation for your eloquent message on support of the DREAM Act. We respect and appreciate your effort to stand up for equal educational opportunities for hard working students. All of us share love for this country. United we dream, united we prosper.    Warm regards,      Luis Ortega  Board of Directors  Alianza Student Coalition

  62. Anonymous says:

    For thousands of young people who consider themselves Americans because is the only country they know, the passing of this bill would be their more precious dream come true.

  63. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Microsoft for taking the stance in support of the talented students in the US, not only will the DREAM Act serve to make use of the talent cultivated in the US but it will also encourage other students to strive for their full potential. The Houston DREAM Act Coalition applauds your active support.

  64. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for your support!!!!    Microsoft is a powerful voice in this fight, thank you for taking the time to stand up for the 2.5 millions who don't!    

  65. Anonymous says:

    Intellectuals recognize other intellectuals.    I'm proud to be a student at the institution where the 'internet' was first invented. Microsoft, you should know then which school I go to.       Thank you for your support, Microsoft

  66. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft sees great synergy between the DREAM Act and Microsoft’s initiatives to support education and workforce training in the United States.

  67. Anonymous says:

    Yes! Creating an intelligent hard working generation…better than the last.