Google headquarters in Silicon Valley, USA. maglara
The tech industry has become one of the most vocal in hitting back at Trump’s immigration policies with Facebook, Apple, Google, Netflix, Uber and a slew of others joining forces to take legal action against Trump. And Elon Musk's Tesla has now backed the action.
Ninety-seven companies, from Apple to Zynga, filed a legal brief condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. The amicus brief was filed in the ninth circuit court of appeals and emphasises the importance of immigrants in the economy and society.
Participating technology companies include household names Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Intel,Netflix, Snap and Uber Technologies. Companies from other sectors include Levi Strauss & Co and yoghurt maker Chobani.
“Immigrants make many of the Nation’s greatest discoveries, and create some of the country’s most innovative and iconic companies,” the brief states. “America has long recognized the importance of protecting ourselves against those who would do us harm. But it has done so while maintaining our fundamental commitment to welcoming immigrants...”
Late Friday, a US district judge temporarily lifted the Trump administration’s ban, freeing refugees and visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries to enter the US. An appeals court declined to immediately reinstate the immigration restrictions over the weekend.
Travis Kalanick, Uber's chief executive officer, stepped down from President Trump’s business advisory council last week after criticism from customers and drivers.