Sunday, 29 January 2017
Tech Giants Condemn Trump's Controversial Immigration Ban
Executives from Microsoft, Google, Apple, Netflix, Tesla, Facebook, Uber and other top American companies slammed Trump's immigration order that sparked widespread protests across the US.
Trump signed the decision to indefinitely bar all Syrian Refugees from entering the U.S. He also put a 120-day bar on refugees from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.
No visa will be issued to citizens of these Muslim-majority countries for the next 30 days. Trump called this decision “a measure to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of America,” explicitly specifying, “We don’t want them here.” Trump paid homage to the victims of the September 11 attacks, dedicating this decision to them.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has expressed his disappointment with U.S. president Donald Trump’s recent action against immigrants and refugees. Sundar Pichai wrote a note to his employees on Friday regarding the matter. “It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues. We’ve always made our view on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook expressed concern over the order, saying his company's success is because of the immigrants.
"I've heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support," he wrote to his employees.
Microsoft President Brad Smith said as many as 76 Microsoft employees are affected by this new executive order.
"We appreciate that immigration issues are important to a great many people across Microsoft at a principled and even personal level, regardless of whether they personally are immigrants".
Reed Hastings of Netflix in a Facebook post said Trump's actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world.
"Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe. A very sad week, and more to come with the lives of over 600,000 Dreamers here in a America under imminent threat. It is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity," Hastings said.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was one of the first to address the ban publicly.
"We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources...," he wrote on Facebook.