Bill Gates, DACA
Once the richest person in the world, Gates runs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife. Source: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Last week, United States President Donald Trump announced the end of a policy designed to allow undocumented migrant children to live legally in the country.

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is not happy.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme was implemented under former President Barack Obama and shields immigrants who came to the US illegally as children – known as “dreamers” – from deportation.

Once the richest person in the world, Gates took to Facebook to express he was “very disappointed” with the Trump administration’s decision to dismantle DACA. Ending the policy puts some 800,000 people who are registered with DACA at risk of deportation.

“Melinda and I have been incredibly impressed by the Dreamers we have come across in our work with Microsoft, the foundation, and other programs we have supported over the years. They have been raised as Americans and have taken that responsibility seriously,” said Gates, who runs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife.

One of the Gates Foundation’s primary focuses is education, along with ending poverty and improving healthcare outcomes around the world.

“Dreamers represent the best instincts of this country and the tradition that the great experiment of the United States is made better by people from other places coming here to dedicate their talents and commitment to continuing to move our country forward,” said Gates, who called upon Washington DC to reconsider the move.

Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann also expressed her opposition to Trump’s decision, deeming it “harmful, misguided & deeply troubling.”

The University of California on Friday announced it would sue the Trump administration over the “unlawful” repeal of DACA.

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