Apple, Facebook, Google Unite Over Trump Immigration Ban

Apple, Facebook, Google Unite Over Trump Immigration Ban

It’s been just six days since President Donald Trump issued his executive order that includes a temporary ban on immigration and refugees entering the U.S. from seven majority-Muslim countries. And in less than a week, the president has heard more than an earful from millions of people around the world who oppose his decision.


Now, it seems President Trump will soon hear a more direct message about the matter from several of the nation’s leading tech companies.

Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Google are among the big names said to be sending around an open letter to the president that includes their concerns about Trump’s order on immigration. The order, which Trump signed on Jan. 27, prevents citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days, as the government assesses the process for safely admitting visitors to the country.

Those companies have offered to help the president improve the executive order so that visa holders will not face problems when they try to enter the United States, and to make the order more compassionate toward certain immigrants.

According to Bloomberg, which said it had obtained a copy of the letter, the note reads, in part, “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.”

The letter’s authors also tell the president that they will serve as “a resource to help achieve immigration policies that both support the work of American businesses and reflect American values.”

The companies behind the open letter are reportedly still seeking others to sign on in the hopes of publishing the note this week.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has said he is contacting the White House about the executive order.

Other tech executives have spoken up in various ways against it, and said some of their employees have been affected.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Executive Chairman Omid Kordestani have matched the efforts of more than 1,000 Twitter employees and have made a donation of more than $1.5 million to the American Civil Liberties Union to help the organization fight Trump’s executive order.

A Facebook spokesperson said the company had no comment about the open letter. Request for comments from Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft were not immediately returned.

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