Google creates $4-million fund to fight immigration ban

01 February, 2017, 10:31 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Google's CEO wrote a memo to staffers that it is 'painful' to see the personal cost of President Trump's order on our colleagues

Over 2,000 Google employees across eight offices worldwide staged a walkout on Monday (30 January) in protest against President Donald Trump's executive order imposing a travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. Pichai was one of many Silicon Valley elites to speak out against the travel ban over the weekend, noting that almost 200 of his own employees would likely be affected.

Google leaders were not the only tech professionals who spoke out against the ban, as many more took to email to communicate their opinions and offer support to any employees affected. He talked about protesting at the airport Saturday night and said he was "glad to see. that people are fighting for what's right out there". Pichai, who's also an immigrant, started his speech by thanking everyone for showing up. "The thing we've been debating for the past three days in one of them", he said. "The fight will continue".

"More Googlers here than people at the Trump inauguration", tweeted Google software engineer Rogelio Gudino. A federal judge has stayed part of Trump's executive order till February 21.

Mr Brin, whose family travelled to the United States from the Soviet Union when he was six years old, said the risks posed to the USA by letting foreigners into the country were "far greater than the terrorism risks we face today". Pichai added that it was "painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues".An unidentified source told Bloomberg that the concern is that employees from one of the seven countries that Trump identified may not be allowed back in to the U.S., even if that person has a valid visa. He told Google employees he was 6-years-old when his family came to the U.S. from Soviet Union, "which at that time was the greatest enemy of the US".

USA will take in 872 refugees in spite of Trump's travel ban
It was not immediately clear how many employees and contractors of USA oil and gas companies hail from the affected countries. So far the Islamic State has not formally commented on the ban, but pro-Islamic State voices are already publicizing it .

Other companies from the hi-tech sector adopted serious measures.

"Eric Schmidt, who was previously Google's CEO, made the statement during a weekly meeting at the company's headquarters, according to a transcript of the comments obtained by BuzzFeed News".

The order saw widespread protests happening throughout the United States for most of the weekend. Employees with the company can help Google raise as much as $4 million by matching gifts to the International Rescue Committee, UNHCR, Immigrant Legal Resource Center and the American Civil Liberties Union. Google matched the fund, adding $2 million of its own.



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