Google, Microsoft, Uber, Apple denounce US Immigration ban

You must have heard about President Donald Trump’s
immigration ban in the United States. Well, here’s the
thing: the ban is not sitting well with millions of people. In
fact, it has sparked protests all over the States. The tech
industry is one major sector that this US immigration ban
affects. The aggrieved parties have spoken out against
the ban.

Here’s a bit of insight into how the immigration ban
affects tech companies. Take Google for
example. Google is one of the biggest tech companies in
the world, and it has employees from all over the world.
This ban would negatively affect members of its
workforce who are not US citizens, as it would mean that
they need to leave. It goes without saying that this would
severely affect Google’s operations, not only in the
United States, but all over the world.

Moreover, Google is just one of the many tech
companies that this ban affects. Microsoft, Apple, Uber,
Tesla Motors, you name it – they all got hit. After all, a
large number of their workers are not US citizens. Also,
these companies draw a lot of their talent from abroad.
Well, the tech companies have made their feelings known
on the matter; trust me, they are pissed off. Elon Musk,
CEO of Tesla Motors, declared that this is “not the best
way to address the country’s challenges”. Well, he’s right;
many people affected by this banket ban are supporters
of the US.

Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith has stated that
the company will provide legal advice and assistance to
its employees affected by the immigration ban. The CEO
of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, who is an immigrant himself,
has vowed that the company “would continue to
advocate on this important topic”. Meanwhile, Apple CEO
Tim Cook declared that “Apple would not exist without
immigration”. So true, Mr. Cook. So true.

Meanwhile, thousands of Google employees took to the
streets to protest the immigration ban. Google CEO
Sundar Pichai and co-founder Sergey Brin (both
immigrants, by the way) took part in the protests, and
both men voiced concerns over the issue. The blanket
ban affects over 187 of the company’s employees.
However, Sundar Pichai has ordered all the employees
that are overseas to return immediately.

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