Tech leaders oppose Trump’s travel ban

Trump's meeting with Tech CEOs on December 14, 2016 / EPA / ALBIN LOHR-JONE

United States President Donald Trump’s executive order to suspend entry to people from seven majority-Muslim countries not only led to major protests in the country and abroad, but also provoked a strong reaction among tech giants.

On Friday, when the order was signed, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the social network to remind that the United States is “a nation of immigrants” and that the country should be made safe by “focusing on people who actually pose a threat.”

Over the weekend, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Twitter and others also issued statements that criticized Trump’s move, underscoring that it goes against the companies’ values. Microsoft called the action “misguided and a fundamental step backwards.” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reminded that the order’s “humanitarian and economic impact is real and upsetting.”

Google sent a message to its employees that may be impacted by travelling abroad to return to the United States. The tech giant will also have donated $4 million to a fund that will help those affected by the refugee ban.

Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who is also a member of Trump’s economic advisory team, expressed his opinion by saying it “is not the best way to address the country’s challenges,” stressing that “many people negatively affected by this policy are strong supporters of the US.” On his Twitter account, Musk asked his followers to read the immigration order and suggest specific amendments, after which he will seek advisory council consensus and present to Trump.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sent a memo to employees on Monday to express the company’s opposition to the travel ban and to offer “full support” to those affected. Bezos said the company reached out to senior administration officials and congressional leaders from both parties to express its stance on the issue. The company will also support Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson who will be filing suit against the order.  “We are a nation of immigrants whose diverse backgrounds, ideas and points of view have helped us build and invent as a nation for over 240 years,” Bezos concluded.


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