How CEOs are addressing anxious employees over Trump's Muslim ban
01 February, 2017, 05:14 | Author: Alicia Barber
"It is not a policy we support", he wrote to his employees.
Here is a summary of what Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix and other big organisations have to say.
Microsoft this afternoon became the latest to speak out on the topic, saying that it's aware of 76 employees who are citizens of the seven predominantly Muslim countries whose citizens are blocked from entry to the USA for 90 days under Trump's executive order.
On Saturday, Cook sent an internal letter, which was obtained by WWD, to all employees stating that the policy was one that Apple did not support. Almost 200 members of Google's staff was directly affected by the order, and Pichai said, "It's painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues". And we'll keep pushing at it, pushing at it, and making progress.
Several technology companies believe that the immigration positions of the new U.S. president directly attack their ability to sign and retain employees from other countries and study responses. That's who we are.
More broadly, we appreciate that immigration issues are important to a great many people across Microsoft at a principled and even personal level, regardless of whether they personally are immigrants.
"Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do", Cook wrote - an apparent reference not only to the company's foreign-born employees, but to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, the son of a Syrian immigrant.
"Our country's immigration policies should be designed and implemented to serve, first and foremost, the US national interest", the draft proposal reads, according to a copy reviewed by Bloomberg.
On Saturday, a company's spokeswoman said that Facebook is now assessing the impact of the order on its workforce and trying to determine how to best protect them and their families.
Twitter offered its statement in less than 140 characters, tweeting, "Twitter is built by immigrants of all religions".
According to MacObserver, Tim Cook's comments come in reaction to an executive order from the White House that imposes a travel and immigration ban against seven Muslim-majority countries. The effects of this Muslim ban can have a heavy backlash on the economy of America and their technology as a whole, and many are now beginning to question what exactly it is that Trump is aiming for in his first few executive orders.
"Many people negatively affected by this policy are strong supporters of the US".
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called the impact of the order "real and upsetting" and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings called the actions "so un-American it pains us all" in a Facebook post.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick published on Facebookan email he sent to employees, expressing concern for Uber drivers affected by the executive order: "We are working out a process to identify these drivers and compensate them pro bono during the next three months to help mitigate some of the financial stress and complications with supporting their families and putting food on the table. Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe". "They've done right, not wrong and don't deserve to be rejected", he said. Since outsourcers from India have been the top recipients of H-1B visas, with others struggling to get them, one Harvard academic believes it may actually assist tech companies.
"It is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity", he said.
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