Tech Giants Open Letter Against Trump’s Immigration Ban

Tech Giants Letter to Trump on Immigration ban: Tech-Savvy people of Silicon Vally Companies have reported an open letter to American President Donald Trump regarding travel ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. The list of companies included is Apple, Alphabet, Facebook,  and Uber. Earlier the Google employees have protested against the executive order with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Co-Founder Sergey Brin. A report from ReCode by Kara Swisher has mentioned the draft of letter by the silicon valley employees to President Donald Trump on immigration ban.

The letter points out America as a nation is “made stronger by immigrants,” and that the “recent executive order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success.”

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Tech Giants Open Letter Against Trump’s Immigration Ban

The joint letter is not the only thing that Silicon Valley’s big players are contemplating against President Trump’s immigration order. A report in Wall Street Journal said Apple is considering a lawsuit against President Trump’s order.

WSJ quote Apple CEO Tim Cook as saying that “hundreds of Apple employees have been affected by the order,” and the company is in touch with “very, very senior people in the White House” in order to explain why the executive order needs to be repealed.

“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special,” said Cook to WSJ.

Silicon Vally  Tech Giant’s Letter To Trump On Immigration Ban

Dear President Trump,

Since the country’s birth, America has been the land of opportunity – welcoming newcomers and giving them the chance to build families, careers, and businesses in the United States. We are a nation made stronger by immigrants. As entrepreneurs and business leaders, our ability to grow our companies and create jobs depends on the contributions of immigrants from all backgrounds.

We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today’s security needs and keeps our country safe. We are concerned, however, that your recent executive order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success. In a global economy, it is critical that we continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world. We welcome the changes your administration has made in recent days in how the Department of Homeland Security will implement the executive order, and we stand ready to help your administration identify other opportunities to ensure that our employees can travel with predictability and without undue delay.

Our nation’s compassion is a part of what makes it exceptional, and we are committed to helping your administration identify approaches for thorough screening without a blanket suspension of admissions under the US Refugee Admissions program. While security and vetting procedures can and should always be subject to continuous evaluation and improvement, a blanket suspension is not the right approach.

Similarly, we stand ready to identify ways of helping to achieve your stated goal of bringing clarity to the future of the 750,000 Dreamers in this country under the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in a way “that will make people happy and proud.” Removing these protections by barring renewals would effectively end the program and eliminate the ability for these Dreamers to work and live without the fear of deportation.

The business community shares your commitment to growing the American economy and expanding job creation across the country. We hire both thousands of Americans and some of the most talented people from abroad, who work together to help our companies succeed and expand our overall employment. As you contemplate changes to the nation’s complex and interconnected immigration policies, whether business and employment-based visas, refugees, or DACA, we hope that you will use us as a resource to help achieve immigration policies that both support the work of American businesses and reflect American values.

That’s the letter acknowledged to have been handed over to Donald Trump’s office on 19th January 2018. The lobbyist-group includes – The Information Technology Industry Council backed by the U.S. Chamber, TechNet, and FWD.US, the Immigration Reform Advocacy Campaign.


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