The past four years have seen an uneasy relationship between the leader of the US and the leader of the US's most profitable tech company. Tim Cook favoured Donald Trump with the gift of a Mac Pro, and appeared to have the president's ear on tech-related matters, but he also took a stand against a number of Trump's policies, such as punitive tariffs against China (from which Apple products were largely excluded).

The hardline immigration policies of the outgoing administration also contradicted Apple's interests, which rely on diversity in order to recruit the best talent from all over the world. Another matter close to Apple's heart is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme (DACA), which prevents the deportation of migrants, also known as "Dreamers", who came illegally to the US as minors. Apple employs a significant number of Dreamers.

As one of his first official acts, President Biden extended the DACA programme and also lifted the entry ban from seven countries with a predominantly Muslim population, whereupon Apple CEO Tim Cook immediately made a statement, reported by The Verge.

"We welcome President Biden's commitment to pursuing comprehensive immigration reform that reflects the American values of justice, fairness and dignity. This effort will strengthen American communities and the pathways to opportunity this country has long fostered," he wrote.

"In the weeks and months to come, business leaders look forward to working with the Administration, as well as Democrats and Republicans in Congress, to achieve bipartisan, practical and comprehensive solutions to fix our broken immigration system, including a permanent solution for Dreamers that includes a path to citizenship."

This article originally appeared on Macwelt. Translation by David Price.