Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s post began with a simple, sad statement. ”I’m heartbroken,” Sandberg, one of the world’s most high-profile business leaders, began. “And deeply concerned.”Sandberg’s plaintive post was a response to President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday to rescind DACA, an Obama-era program designed to protect illegal immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. The administration’s plans could affect as many as 800,000 people.The tech industry is one of America’s great achievements. World leaders — from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Chinese President Xi Jinping — routinely stop for visits with the leaders of Google, Apple, Facebook and Intel when they travel to the US. As president, Barack Obama made frequent trips to meet with executives and even dined at their homes. Like any large industry, it has pushed pet political issues such as cybersecurity and tax policy. Its CEOs, though, are now looking beyond those concerns, speaking out on topics from immigration policy to the rights of women, minorities and the LGBT communities. They’re doing so even as the tech sector draws criticism for being predominantly white and male.Whether Washington likes it or not, Silicon Valley is emerging as a political power center.Trump tried to enlist the sector’s support before he was sworn in. The relationship… Read full this story
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