Apple, Google, Facebook and others to jointly draft a letter against Trump's Muslim ban
The letter is considered as the first joint move of these companies against the Republican's ban order.
Major Silicon Valley companies including Apple, Goole and Facebook are planning to raise their voice against US President Donald Trump's Immigration ban on Muslims. Tech news site Recode reported that these companies are drafting a formal letter opposing Trump's temporary ban against travellers from seven Muslim countries. This is considered as the first joint move of these companies against the Republican's ban order.
Trump on last Friday signed an executive order barring travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries and refugee settlements in the US. Thousands poured into streets protesting the ban, which came into being the same night.
Most of the companies in the Valley are founded by first or second generation immigrants and many of the company heads including Sergey Brin, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg have openly condemned the order.
Almost every big firms have criticised the order. "Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do... It is not a policy we support," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook, "Like many of you, I'm concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump... We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That's who we are." Google CEO Sundar Pichai, an immigrant himself, has said, "We're concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that create barriers to bringing great talent to the US."
He also said the ban affects around 190 Google employees. Google has set up a $4 million fund for organisations helping immigrants. Airbnb also announced that it is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US.
Microblogging site Twitter also came out against the order and tweeted it is built by immigrants of all religions and will stand for and with them.