Apple, Facebook, Google and others draft open letter to Trump on immigration

It’s been just six days since President Donald Trump put out his executive order that includes a temporary ban on immigration and refugees entering the U.S. from seven majority Muslim countries. And in less than a week, the president has heard more than an earful from millions of people around the world who oppose his decision.

Now, it seems like President Trump will hear a more direct message about the matter from several of the nation’s leading tech companies.

Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Google are among the big names said to be sending around an open letter to the president that includes their concerns about Trump’s order on immigration. Those companies have offered to help the president improve the executive order so that visa holders will not face problems when they try to enter the United States, as well as make the order more compassionate toward certain immigrants.

According to Bloomberg, which said it obtained a copy of the letter, the note reads, in part, “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.” The letter’s creators also tell the president that they will serve as “a resource to help achieve immigration policies that both support the work of American businesses and reflect American values.”

The companies behind the open letter are said to still be seeking others to sign on in the hopes of publishing the note this week.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he is contacting the White House about the executive order, and other tech executives have spoken up in various ways against it and said some of their employees have been affected.


Photo: President Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact agreed to under the Obama administration, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Several leading tech companies are said to be preparing an open letter to the president offering their help in making improvements to Trump’s recent executive order on immigration. (Evan Vucci/AP)


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  • Skydoor Blue

    Yawn. Everybody knew it was coming. It came. ‘And will be gone in a few weeks. If you didn’t plan around it, it’s your own fault. Yawn again.