Apple, Google, Facebook reach court to fight Trump's immigration ban

"Immigrants or their children founded more than 200 of the companies on the Fortune 500 list."

Apple, Google, Facebook reach court to fight Trump

With the widespread uproar over US President Donald Trump's immigration ban, several technology giants including Apple, Google and Microsoft, banded together on Sunday to file a legal brief opposing immigration ban, arguing that it "inflicts significant harm on American business."

In the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, the brief was filed by companies including Facebook, Twitter, Intel, Levi Strauss and Chobani. In all nearly 100 firms, including eBay, Netflix and Uber signed onto the brief.


The order of immigration ban faces crucial hurdles.

Trump's administration has a deadline on Monday to justify the executive order temporarily barring immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries and the entry of refugees, after a federal judge in Seattle blocked it with a temporary restraining order on Friday.

"The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years," the brief stated.

"The Order inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result," it added.

"Immigrants or their children founded more than 200 of the companies on the Fortune 500 list."

Notably, US tech firms have been among the more vocal sectors speaking out against the policy, with many of its staff made up of foreign-born nationals.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco over the weekend denied the Trump administration's request for an immediate stay of the federal judge's temporary restraining order that blocked nationwide the implementation of key parts of the travel ban. But the court said it would reconsider the government's request after receiving more information.