Short Bytes: Tech companies like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Netflix, etc. are protesting against Donald Trump’s immigration ban. An amicus brief filed against the ban included 97 signatures from tech companies. It has now received support from 30 more names, extending the list to 127, including Adobe, Slack, Coursera, Evernote, etc.President Donald Trump’s recent executive order included an immigrations ban on seven countries. It has become a heated topic in the United States, especially in the Silicon Valley which is the technology heart of the nation.
The opposition against the immigration ban started as verbal criticism but it has now turned into a full-fledged protest. Earlier, it was known that 97 tech companies – including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Netflix, etc – joined their hands against Trump’s immigration ban. An amicus brief was filed on February 5, 2017.
But according to the latest reports, that number has now jumped to 127 companies including big names from the non-tech sector. One such name is Levi Strauss & Co. The list now includes SpaceX, Tesla, Slack, Adobe, HP, Coursera, etc.
A block on the order was instated by a US district court judge James Robart. In return, Tump didn’t miss the chance to respond from his Twitter mouth.
The purpose of the amicus brief is to prevent the order from being implemented again in future. It acknowledges the contribution of immigrants in building America and propelling various businesses. We can very well see the leaders of many of the prime companies in the US are non-Americans. And they are investing the same efforts as a normal citizen would do.
“The Order makes it more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees,” reads the amicus brief.
According to the brief, the executive order distinguishes the immigrants according to the basis of their nationality, and it’s “unlawful.”
“If the Order stands, it is impossible for individuals and businesses to anticipate which countries may be affected next.”
The e-commerce giant Amazon didn’t sign the brief as the company filed their declaration against the ban. Washington’s attorney general prevented them from joining the brief because they’re a witness in an original case themselves.
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