President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday banning and canceling visas for 90-days for the nationals from Muslim countries. People living in seven Islam dominated countries are severely affected by this order. The technology industry is especially affected by this new order as these companies heavily rely on foreign talent to continue providing services. Tech giants such as Apple, Google and Uber have expressed their unhappiness quite plainly.
The CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai has issued a memo to his staff condemning the new order that causes a lot of pain to the Google employees. He has also urged the employees living abroad to contact the global security team to help them. He also mentioned that Google has publicly remarked on immigration issues. The new order will enforce numerous restrictions on Google employees and their families. He also added that it can create new barriers to bring talented workforce from outside the United States.
The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook also responded to the order saying that Apple doesn’t support the new policy. He added that Apple knows the importance of immigration both to the nation and to the company. Tim Cook discussed the technology and tax policies with the lawmakers on Friday at Capitol Hill. He also dined with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump on Thursday.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of facebook wrote a public facebook post criticizing Trump’s outlook on immigration policies. He said in his post that he shares the concerns of others regarding the recent executive order. Mark added that he will try his best to protect the employees and their families in this situation.
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft is an immigrant and he shared his views on LinkedIn. In his post, he mentioned that he knows the positive impact of immigration on the country and the company. Diane J. Gherson, Senior Vice president of IBM also assured the IMBers that the company will provide all sorts of assistance to those who are affected by this new order. He has asked the IBM employees to contact the company officials for any questions on this issue. The CEO of IBM, Ginni Rometty is a part of the advisory board for Donald Trump for the Strategic and Policy Forum. Travis Kalanick, Uber CEO and Elon Musk, Tesla CEO who are also advisers expressed their unhappiness with the blanket entry ban. Kalanick has promised his employees that he will talk about the issue with Donald Trump on the first advisory group meeting on Monday.
Airbnb, a popular home sharing app announced that travelers affected by the executive order can claim free housing for now. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter mentioned that 11% of the Syrian immigrants own businesses in the US and this is three times more than the performance of US-born entrepreneurs. The tech companies that wanted to extend a supporting hand to the President are unhappy with the new administration policies. The legal immigrant employees would be affected by this ban as they won’t be able to return to their families or jobs in the US.