Short Bytes: The Executive order signed by Donald Trump has created a situation of chaos among the immigrant in the United States. Major tech companies including Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Uber, etc. have expressed their views. Also, they trying to help their employees affected due to the immigrations ban.Most of the silicon valley never actually wanted Donald Trump to take the command of United States. But certainly he has and he is doing whatever he wants to do. Be it building billion dollar international walls or banning people of a specific religion from entering the country.
The American Civil Liberties Union, after filing a lawsuit, managed to get a stay order from a federal court for blocking the deportation of the lawful residents living in the United States.
The recent Executive order signed by President Trump is receiving a lot of criticism from tech companies operating in the United States. Silicon Valley is a significant part of the technology world. And they come forward in full support for the people affected by the immigration ban. Major companies and tech leaders have floated their views on the issue.
“The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.
“Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.”
“Trump’s actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all. Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe,” Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings wrote in an FB post.
“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.”
In an internal mail to employees, Microsoft’s legal head Brad Smith told them about the companies stand in the Executive order. The same was published by CEO Satya Nadella on Linkedin.
Nadella highlighted that the company believes in “broader immigration opportunities, like the protections for talented and law-abiding young people under the Deferred Access for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, often called “Dreamers”.”
“We believe that immigration laws can and should protect the public without sacrificing people’s freedom of expression or religion.”
Uber is facing people’s backlash for not doing anything in response to the executive order. In fact, trying the gain profits out of the situation. The company later announced a $3 million fund for affected immigrant drivers in its fleet which will support them during the 3-month period when they won’t be able to earn.
Kalanich wrote his views about the order in a Facebook post. Yesterday, he wrote another Facebook post including a Google form for the drivers who might require support from Uber.
CEO Sundar Pichai also wrote an internal memo for the Googlers, a copy of which obtained by Bloomberg. The company also conducted a Google Unite rally including around 2000 Google employees.
— Ryan Mac (@RMac18) January 31, 2017
Jack Dorsey is using his Twitter handle and regularly contributing to the protest on the digital front. He is regularly sharing posts related to immigrants.
11% of Syrian immigrants to the U.S. are business owners, more than triple that of U.S.-born business owners https://t.co/cU9UMKcG4r
— jack (@jack) January 28, 2017
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