Silicon Valley spoke against the immigration ban of U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend. We, at iStartup, covered the views of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and several others but here in this story, we are covering the views of almost all huge tech giants. The tech giants started speaking against the immigration ban as soon as the executive order became public
What was the order about?
The order, which was signed late Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump, banned immigration from seven countries temporarily. The chief executives of tech industries have been censuring the move as “un-American” and promised to do whatever they could to ease its effects. Some CEOs asked their employees to come back to the U.S. as soon as possible while other requested President to take back the order.
Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, who is a refugee from Russia himself, joined a protest at San Francisco International Airport. The 90-day ban, which hits immigrants from seven Muslim countries: Syria, Iran, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, and Sudan, has been temporarily stopped by a judge. On Monday, Trump downplayed the response, by saying that all is going well (in the country).
In a tweet, Trump wrote, “There is nothing nice about searching for terrorists before they can enter our country. Study the world!”
The response of the tech company:
Google: Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of the search giant, wrote in an internal memo that it is painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on their colleagues. The ads giant even recalled employees who it thought might be affected by the order.
Apple: Apple CEO Tim Cook, as we reported before, sent a letter to employees, saying “Apple would not exist without immigration.” This could have been a reference to the Syrian heritage of co-founder Steve Jobs.
Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has been critical of rhetoric of President Trump even in the past. Zuckerberg wrote his views on the social media giant and spoke against the immigration ban.
Uber: When CEO Travis Kalanick became a part of strategic forum of business leaders advising the U.S. President, Uber faced a lot of censure. However, on Saturday, the company seemed to break a strike as it stopped service to and from the airport in solidarity with protestors. That assisted in fueling the #DeleteUber hashtag that trended on the micro-blogging giant over the weekend.
Microsoft: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote that as a CEO and as a immigrant, he has both seen and experienced the positive impact that immigration has on their company, for the country, and for the world. Further, the CEO published an email from the hardware maker’s President Brad Smith as well.
Netflix: Facebook board member and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings called Trump’s move “un-American.”
Twitter: Jack Dorsey wrote, “Twitter is built by immigrants of all religions. We stand for and with them, always.”
Amazon: Jeff Bezos, the CEO of the online retailing giant, told employees affected by the order that the full extent of Amazon’s resources are behind them.
Tesla: Elon Musk wrote on Twitter, “The blanket entry ban on citizens from certain primarily Muslim countries is not the best way to address the country’s challenges.”
Intel: Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel, wrote that as a company co-founded by an immigrant, they support lawful immigration and will provide impacted employees with full support of the chipmaker.
Dropbox: Drew Houston wrote that executive orders that affect the most vulnerable in the world are un-American. The CEO further wrote that Dropbox embraces people from all countries and faiths.
Reddit: Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, wrote, “President Trump’s recent executive order is not only potentially unconstitutional, but deeply un-American.”