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Tech firms band together to fight immigration ban

by Todd Haselton | February 6, 2017February 6, 2017 2:00 pm PST

97 firms, mainly tech focused, have joined together to fight President Trump’s so-called “immigration ban.”

While it’s largely a consortium of tech firms working hand-in-hand with one another, the final group of companies includes all sorts of US companies that work both inside and outside of America, Bloomberg said late Sunday evening. Apple, Airbnb, Zynga,  Dropbox, Kickstarter, Microsoft, Netflix, Facebook and Google are some of the major tech companies arguing against the immigration ban, but other companies such as Chobani and Levi Strauss have also joined the fight.

The companies decided to band together to fight the immigration ban, which was put in place following an executive order from President Trump to prevent travel to the US from seven countries. The ban was lifted over the weekend after Judge James Robart of the federal district court in Seattle blocked the order on Friday.

Immigrants key to tech success

“Immigrants make many of the Nation’s greatest discoveries, and create some of the country’s most innovative and iconic companies,” the filing from the 97 countries says, according to Bloomberg. “America has long recognized the importance of protecting ourselves against those who would do us harm. But it has done so while maintaining our fundamental commitment to welcoming immigrants—through increased background checks and other controls on people seeking to enter our country… We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today’s security needs and keeps our country safe. We are concerned, however, that your recent Executive Order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success.”

Many firms have expressed public displeasure after the ban was set into effect. Apple, which has been particularly vocal, has said the ban affects hundreds of employees and that it’s even considering legal action.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...