Over 94 tech companies – including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and more – have assembled to file an amicus brief against Trump’s Immigration Order.
While we reported last week that leading technology executives such as Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had issued statements on US President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration, over 94 technology firms have now assembled to file an amicus brief in opposition of the order.
An ‘amicus curiae’ – or Friends of the Court brief – has subsequently been filed detailing that a litany of technology firms have assembled to inform the court that the ban “inflicts significant harm on American business.”
Under the Immigration Order, the United States is set to block entry of all refugees for 120 days, block citizens of Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen for 90 days, and placed an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.
The assembled technology companies have collectively sided against the ban. In an open letter, companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google stated that:
“We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today’s security needs and keeps our country safe. We are concerned, however, that your recent executive order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success.”
In the brief itself, the firms motivate that “The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years,” and hence makes it “more difficult and expensive for US companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees.”
Among the signatories are eBay, Kickstarter, Quora, Reddit, and others; a complete list can be seen below:
— Brian Goldman (@briangoldman) February 6, 2017
Absent is Elon Musk’s Tesla; Musk has previously indicated that he will work with US President Donald Trump and has openly asked for advice on how to tweak the order on Twitter, arguing that revoking it is impossible. The thread can be seen here:
The blanket entry ban on citizens from certain primarily Muslim countries is not the best way to address the country’s challenges
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2017
The continued weight of leading technology companies might well be the support Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson – who originally filed the ongoing motion against the order – to deem it “unlawful and unconstitutional”.
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