Ninety-seven technology companies have filed an impassioned legal brief condemning President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, on the grounds that it is discriminatory and has a negative impact on business.
This will step up the industry’s already growing opposition to the policy. The participating technology companies include: Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Netflix, Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Intel Corp., Netflix, Snap, Uber Technologies and many others. Companies beyond technology signed on as well, including Levi Strauss & Co. and yogurt maker, Chobani LLC.
The amicus brief which was filed over the weekend emphasizes the importance of immigrants in the economy and society. The companies originally planned to file the brief later this coming week, but accelerated efforts over the weekend after other legal challenges to the order. The brief states:
“Immigrants make many of the Nation’s greatest discoveries and create some of the country’s most innovative and iconic companies.
“America has long recognized the importance of protecting ourselves against those who would do us harm. But it has done so while maintaining our fundamental commitment to welcoming immigrants—through increased background checks and other controls on people seeking to enter our country.”
Here’s a full list of the participating companies;
- Aeris Communications
- Brit + Co
- Castlight Health
- Citrix Systems
- Copia Institute
- Engine Advocacy
- General Assembly
- JAND d/b/a Warby Parker
- Levi Strauss & Co.
- Lithium Technologies
- Maplebear d/b/a Instacart
- Marin Software
- Motivate International
- Rocket Fuel
- Wikimedia Foundation
- Y Combinator
The technology industry has been among the most vocal in opposition to Trump’s immigration ban. Executives from many of the companies involved have spoken out against the immigration ban, with Airbnb launching a Super Bowl ad campaign emphasizing inclusiveness with the hashtag #weaccept.
Several of the companies have said their employees are directly impacted by the ban, and Uber has created a $3 million legal defense fund for drivers affected by the ban.
Last week, Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick stepped down from President Trump’s business advisory council after criticism from customers and drivers. His participation in the council, along with more than a dozen other U.S. executives, prompted blow-back on social media after the controversial executive order on immigration. It snowballed into a #DeleteUber campaign that benefited rival, Lyft.
In an e-mail, Kalanick wrote to employees saying:
“Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and quite honestly to Uber’s.
“There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that. The executive order is hurting many people in communities all across America.”