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Apple, Facebook, Google and Uber prep letter to oppose Trump travel ban


By John Glenday, Reporter

February 2, 2017 | 2 min read

Four of America’s largest tech firms have begun coordinating their resistance to a travel ban imposed by president Trump, by drafting a joint letter outlining their pro-immigration stance.

Up till now Apple, Facebook, Google and Uber have made their views independently but are now collaborating in a bid to maximise the chances of their voices being heard.

A draft of the letter published by Recode highlighted the ‘contributions of immigrants from all backgrounds’ as a prerequisite to ‘grow our companies’ but also sought to find common ground of a ‘shared goal’ to keep the country safe.

The letter said: “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 a global economy, it is critical that we continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world. We welcome the changes your administration has made in recent days in how the Department of Homeland Security will implement the executive order, and we stand ready to help your administration identify other opportunities to ensure that our employees can travel with predictability and without undue delay.”

Trump’s executive order curtails immigration from seven Muslim majority nations and bars all Syrian refugees from entering the country.

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