From Google to Microsoft, major tech giants are criticizing US ban on foreign nationals as the Silicon valley which has from leading executive positions to employees, thrusting upon immigrants might take a hit.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facbook and Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google are in opposition to President Donald Trump’s US immigration ban as well, and that becomes certain from the criticism, the leading techies of Silicon Valley have been vocal about. Trump’s US immigration ban imposed against nationals from 7 Muslim majority countries, apparently fulfills his presidential campaign to limit Muslim immigration in US. In a week’s time from swearing oath as President of US, Trump has ordered “extreme vetting” of people entering the US from these countries and banned the entry of Syrian refugees until further notice, as part of new measures to “keep radical Islamic terrorists” out of America.
Zuckerberg highlighting about his immigrant grand parents and about parents of his wife Priscilla, he imposed Amenationals nation of immigrants and it should be proud of it. “Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. The Facebook founder and CEO did also mention of working with his team to help Dreamers — immigrants who were brought to America at a young age by their parents. While on the other hand Google’s Indian-born CEO, Pichai said that President’s move to limit immigration would create “barriers” in bringing great talent to the US, as the search engine giant ordered all its travelling staff to return to America at the earliest.
In a mail sent to his employees, Pichai said the US ban on foreign nationals would affect at least 187 employees of Google. The US immigration ban would impact 7 countries, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.”We re upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US,” the Wall Street Journal quoted Pichai as saying in the email. Pichai at Google is recalling all their ‘Googlers’ employees from the countries included in the ban.
Immigrants make much of IT firms in American and the ban might impact these technology companies, hiring skilled employees from across the globe. Microsoft has also intimidated many of its world partners, that the limited immigration might affect their business. Notably, top executives and CEO of major tech giants are criticizing the ban and are standing in solidarity with not only their immigrant employees but the whole immigrant citizen of United States. Apple CEO Tim Cook, hinting at founder Steve Jobs, a Syrian immigrant, said the company would have never existed without immigration. Cook also added that the company doesn’t support the policy of ban on foreign nationals.
While Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings openly criticized the policy as ‘un-American’ and it is painful for many of their employees who are deeply hurt by President Trump’s actions. Another tech giant, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, child of Iranian parents himself, finds the order ‘simple bigotry’. While Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and Space X tweeted, ‘The blanket entry ban on citizens from certain primarily Muslim countries is not the best way to address the country’s challenges’.
US ride-booking firm, Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick doesn’t support the move too and wrote, “This order has far broader implications as it also affects thousands of drivers who use Uber and come from the listed countries, many of whom take long breaks to go back home to see their extended family.” in his Facebook post.
Meanwhile, taxi drivers in New York have announced a strike to protest Trump’s Muslim immigration ban.