Tech industry vs immigration ban: Google protests, Amazon sues, Tim Cook pressures Washington officials


Even if you have lived under a rock for the past few days, you've still probably heard of President Trump's immigration ban — the executive order, which now blocks citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 3 months. Naturally, this move ruffled some feathers (putting it lightly) and caused quite the controversy.

Executives from large tech companies also jumped in the skirmish, speaking out against the immigration ban. Microsoft's Satya Nadella went on to say "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" in a lengthy message opposing the president's order; Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg noted how both he and his wife are descended from immigrants and refugees and expressed hope that the Trump administration would come forth with a more balanced solution soon. Google's co-founder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai even took part in a protest against the ban, both speaking out against the order.

My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. Priscilla's parents were refugees from China and Vietnam....

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Friday, January 27, 2017


According to Mr. Pichai, 187 Google employees could be affected by the ban in one way or another. Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and other tech giants have their legal teams at the ready to assist affected employees to their ability.

Viber went on to offer free phone calls between the US and the seven affected countries via the Viber Out call feature.

To top their words, Amazon, Microsoft, and Expedia have declared that they support a suit led by the Washington state attorney general against President Trump's executive order.

Apple's Tim Cook first addressed company employees in a letter (press button below to read in full), then later gave a few interviews, saying that Apple believes in the importance of immigration and that it doesn't support the new policy. A lot of Apple employees and their families were affected by the ban, said Cook, and continued to say that the HR, Legal, and Security teams of the company are in contact with them.



When asked whether Apple is looking at some kind of legal pressure it could apply, as others have done, Cook replied that the company wants to be "constructive and productive". The CEO has spent his weekend meeting with officials at Washington, discussing the importance of immigrants to the tech industry and the country's economy.

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99 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Ironically these tech people against the wall, built their own walls around their house. Why is their own lives deserve more safety than average Americans? Please demolished your own walls leave your doors open every night, prove us that your own open border works, rather protest and block the roads and ambulance

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Yes, because your average citizen is a focus for the constant hounding of news and paparazzi. Because your average citizen is a high profile target for those that would love to do your company harm. Because the average citizen is going to attract crazies and nutjobs just by virtue of what they do for a living. This is literally one of the most ignorant statements I've ever seen on PA, and I've seen a metric ton of them. Stop it.

6. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

You must be living in the world that full of political correctness. A country "国家” without border "口宀" is not a country. And that's why ancient civilization remains 5000 years in China. While Greece philosophy and teachings barely survive because whole Greece civilization genocided due to poor border control. Go and Google yourself how many wall built in middle East before criticize building wall is racist.

7. willard12 unregistered

Walls may be fine as long as you're willing to build a wall around your entire property, not just a wall that blocks your brown neighbors. The ability for Trump's wives to fly over walls demonstrate that a wall is a waste of taxpayer money. Most illegal immigration is done with visa over stays, not border crossing.

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I hope you're satire because calling people brown is by default a racist. At least at their dictionary. Proud Latino here flees to China work for years. 1st time vote in my life and no regrets. Finally can fly back to my Nebraska and get real jobs!

17. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

you're an idiot

94. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

well said sir...

34. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

For a latino, you are a disgrace

40. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I vote for American dreams, not Mexico nightmares, thank you

68. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Trump also reworking the Visa system so thats hole will also be blocked. He will promote useful immigration instead of industrial one. Best way to have peace is to fix yourself a number of immigrant you can take in and help integrate them and get real job. In the USA right now its a free for all and its making USA a pretty bad country to get a job ( over 100 million american do not work thats crazy ) As for blocking visa ect for 3 months well obama did the same for 6 months... no one cried racist then.

93. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? We have 350M people. Only 4.9% are not employed. Also there are plenty of jobs here. Immigrants in general dont get high paying jobs. They get labor jobs. The few Indians whongetbtecj jobs are somy not the minority. Awwww basicslly all i see is a binch of hypocritical white folks beong pissed becsude many employers wabtbto hire people of color. Wahhhhh all the black people arebtaking oit jobs. We are going ronlose oir way of life. If black people get too mich money, then tbey will hzve the power to take us down. Wahhhhh. Lets make America great again by treating black people like we use too. By not hkring them and paying them, but putting a gin to their heads and forcing them. Lets go back to rapong their woman and hangimg them from trees, thisnis what made America great. In fact Trimp voiced this very thing at one of his rallies becsuse i saw the video. Him like his kimd so want to share, tbey want it all to their selfish white selves. A country is onky as strong as its people. Of we all work together foe the good of all we woukd be steong together. But that isnt what racists want. They want it all only for them and they are the weakess link in every country. Its not about alternative lifestyles, abortion, jobs, immigration or anything else. Its about power and making sure it stays where ot has been for 1000s of years. We see videos of whites who do crazy rhings with thwir lives because they arent scares. But they are scares of one thing....everyone one else!

95. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

And the irony is most came in by plane and over stay. The drug came in by well hidden tunnels. So what the wall going to block? After spending 10-15 billion of every tax payer money, maybe it could be converted into a tourist attraction a few decade from now. "The Wall of Shame." In remembrance of a bigot's presidency that has a gigantic ego.

36. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Now I understand. Without Google, you can't read. Go into a library and do some research.

69. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

donfem the most recent information is usually not available in a library.

96. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I get that but don't you think it is necessary to do a lot of research in the library than google information?

37. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Every country has a border. The United States and Canada have the longest unguarded border in the wall. We don't need to build a wall between the two because doing so would accomplish nothing. Literally everything you wrote about China and Greece is fabricated. An "alternative fact" I guess. There's a reason that security and politics today don't follow what people did hundreds to thousands of years ago. Because the world has changed and doing so would be stupid.

39. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

And you should stop living in alternative fact as well with the fake polls from MSM and shout President Trump with us. Because if you don't, we will see LePen2017 soon, and Senate election turn red in 2018.

43. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Wha... Can you even follow a flow of conversation? Stop jumping around a conversation the second somebody lets you know you're wrong.

46. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

And can you stop whining my conversation mate? I'm tired of mining salt these day. How about go out protest and block some airport with the sign "I support abortion my body my choice" and scratching head and ask why so many religious Latinos voted Trump

47. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

If you start using facts instead of stuff you made up to suite the fictional narrative in your head then maybe people wouldn't have to jump in to correct you. But hey, whatever floats your boat.

48. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Uh ok, I'll leave some 'alternative facts' for you http://latinousa.org/2016/11/10/latinos-voted-donald-trump/

51. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

52. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Keywords, fall below 2012 support. Keep on protest and we will see more fall in the future. Who shows more credibility? Pew research or latinousa.org?

57. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Trump got fewer latino votes than McCain did. He got fewer than 1/3. Clinton got more than 2/3s. That's the point. The article you linked proved that 3 latinos voted for Trump. The one I linked broke down the stats over several elections. What do you think?

53. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That still doesn't mean some didn't voted for Trump

58. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Sure? That isn't in dispute though.

70. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Jellmoo he did not say hillary did not get a slightly bigger % of latino vote. He say thats a good number of them voted trump.

87. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Which is beside the point anyway, since roughly the same number of latinos voted Republican as usual. So what?

14. nedimko_wot

Posts: 115; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

why do you even replay to trump supporter you know that they need some bleach to clean thier brain

59. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL true

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