Technology leaders are getting personal when it comes to defending "dreamers."
Thuan Pham has been the chief technical officer at Uber for the past four and a half years. He was previously a vice president at the Silicon Valley computer software company VMware for eight years. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from MIT.
But before all that, he was a refugee to the United States. Pham fled Vietnam in harrowing, life-threatening conditions.
"When I was 10 years old, I left Vietnam with my mother and younger brother, crammed with 470 other people without life jackets onto an old fishing boat to Malaysia," Pham says in a post published by Uber.
"It was a perilous and terrifying four-day journey — with major storms threatening to sink us, and pirates with guns and knives who robbed us and could kill us as well. We were the lucky ones who survived the 50 percent odds of that sea crossing," he continues.
"When we arrived in Malaysia, we were rejected as refugees and had to turn around and take another several days to reach Indonesia with our boat. When we reached the US as refugees, we had to start our lives over with empty hands, but it was the hope and promise of the American Dream that kept us going."
Pham told his story publicly on behalf of the transportation behemoth Tuesday in response to the move by President Donald Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals administrative program, which President Obama put into effect in 2012.
Currently, 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants, so called "dreamers," are protected by DACA. Trump has given Congress six months to come up with another option because his Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Obama's use of executive power to institute DACA was an unlawful overreach. If Congress fails, Trump tweeted that he will "revisit the issue."