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Apple, Google, Uber, Tesla, And Others React To Trump’s Immigrant Ban

On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting the US refugee program for 120 days.

The order has indefinitely suspended the intake of refugees from Syria and has blocked all people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days.

Reuters reports that the order affects those with green cards as well — meaning that permanent residents of the United States of America from these countries currently abroad may not be allowed to return to the country or travel outside the United States.

In the run-up to the election and now-President Trump’s win, Silicon Valley’s leaders frequently positioned themselves with their rhetoric as 2016’s new statesmen and were occasionally outspoken against Trump as a candidate.

During his transition, many of Big Tech’s most prominent leaders met with Trump to discuss his economic agenda. Here’s how Silicon Valley, and some of the world’s biggest global technology companies, are reacting to the news of Trump’s measures against refugees and

During his transition, many of Big Tech’s most prominent leaders met with Trump to discuss his economic agenda. Here’s how Silicon Valley, and some of the world’s biggest global technology companies, are reacting to the news of Trump’s measures against refugees and

Here’s how Silicon Valley, and some of the world’s biggest global technology companies, are reacting to the news of Trump’s measures against refugees and travelers from several Muslim-majority countries.

A source at Google told BuzzFeed News that “just under 200 people at Google affected” by Trump’s executive order “but people across the company are freaking out.”

The source said that employees have emailed managers, suggesting that “if their colleagues affected by the order cannot travel for conferences or work events then they will refuse to travel in solidarity. “A lot of people are talking this weekend. Emails were flying around Friday,” the source said.

“A lot of people are talking this weekend. Emails were flying around Friday,” the source said.

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Meanwhile, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a memo to staff about the ban, which was obtained by Bloomberg.

“It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues,” Pichai wrote. “We’ve always made our view on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so.”

Here’s a statement by Google, issued to BuzzFeed News:

“We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US. We’ll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere.”

Apple CEO, Tim Cook wrote a memo on the ban to employees from in Washington DC, where he’s been taking meetings with top GOP lawmakers:

In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I’ve made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future.

Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.

I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.

Read the full memo here

Microsoft has also issued a statement:

“We share the concerns about the impact of the executive order on our employees from the listed countries, all of whom have been in the United States lawfully, and we’re actively working with them to provide legal advice and assistance.”

This afternoon, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella added his own statement via LinkedIn:

“As an immigrant and as a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world. We will continue to advocate on this important topic.”

Last night Mark Zuckerberg gently criticized Trump’s policies on his Facebook page. The Facebook CEO noted that he’s “concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump,” especially the ones related to immigration restriction.

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This afternoon a Facebook spokesperson added a short addendum to Zuckerberg’s comment, noting: “We are assessing the impact on our workforce and determining how best to protect our people and their families from any adverse effects.”

Zuckerberg’s post, while one of the first from tech executives has been criticized for not being more direct. According to a Facebook employee of Middle Eastern descent, some FB employees are worried and some have called for the company to clarify its relationship to board member Peter Thiel.

“There are questions here that we want answered. Does Thiel support this ban? Does he think the Facebook employees who come from Iran and those other countries shouldn’t be allowed to keep working here? We deserve to know his position on this.”

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