Many major technology companies are coming together to jointly approach the newly-elected US president Donald Trump on the issue of immigration ban that may seriously affect these companies. Many technology companies heavily depend on immigrant workers. These immigrant workers have contributed a lot towards the growth of these companies and in the time of difficulty, these companies have decided to stand behind them.
The technology companies are following hard as well is soft approaches to convince Donald Trump into dropping the immigration ban. On one side companies like Twitter, Facebook, Apple, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are going to send a letter to Donald Trump urging him to review the travel ban on 7 Muslim-majority nations.
Donald Trump recently issued an executive order for a 90-day immigration ban on citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and a 120-day ban on all refugees. The sudden ban has ended up trapping many travellers at airports. Many employees of these technology companies who had gone home or on work -related assignments have been stuck abroad because of their nationality.
According to some portions of the letter, the technology companies have communicated the following message to the new administration:
We stand ready to help your administration identify other opportunities to ensure that our employees can travel with predictability and without undue delay. We are concerned … 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 … our ability to grow our companies and create jobs depends on the contributions of immigrants from all backgrounds.
Many technology companies are also taking a legal recourse because they wouldn’t like to just depend on request letters. Twitter and Netflix are filing a court brief opposing Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration ban. Other companies joining the legal brief are AppNexus, Salesforce, Uber, Lyft and Pinterest.
The text of the brief says that the immigration ban is inflicting substantial harm on US companies by hurting their ability to attract talent, increasing their costs of doing business and making it harder for them to compete internationally. The legal restriction represents a sudden, seismic shift in the rules governing entry into the United States, and it departs dramatically from the principles that have governed America’s immigration law for decades.
The stakes are higher for technology companies because most of them run global operations and such political restrictions may have repercussions on the company offices abroad. If immigration restrictions are imposed on the citizens of other countries, the other countries can also impose restrictions on US companies doing business within their borders. Lots of technology companies depend on China and India for their business operations. The US has already antagonized China and given the temperament of Donald Trump, no one knows how he would react if India asserts itself on certain issues.