Nearly one hundred companies, including some of the largest tech firms in the world, filed an amicus brief in opposition of President Trump's executive order that bans foreigners from seven Muslim majority nations. The brief says, "Immigrants make many of the Nation's greatest discoveries, and create some of the country's most innovative and iconic companies," and "The tremendous impact of immigrants on America — and on American business — is not happenstance. People who choose to leave everything that is familiar and journey to an unknown land to make a new life necessarily are endowed with drive, creativity, determination — and just plain guts."
The companies involved include Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Airbnb, Intel, Snap, Uber, Twitter, Netflix, Zynga and, the NY Times reports, "[a] few names from outside the technology field, like Levi Strauss, the jeans maker, and Chobani, a yogurt company." The Times adds:
The tech industry’s top executives have faced a balancing act. Challenging Mr. Trump’s policies could invite political blowback, particularly from a president who is unafraid to call out companies publicly. At the same time, they have an outspoken employee base that views Mr. Trump’s economic nationalism as anathema to the globalization that has given rise to many of the companies. Many tech workers are immigrants or from second-generation families, and Silicon Valley itself has a history of immigrants founding and leading some of its most impressive companies.Tesla was not part of the brief, and its CEO Elon Musk remains on the economic advisory council. He claimed he successfully urged White House officials to discuss repercussions from the ban on Friday.
A number of tech executives initially tried to work with the administration, but a surge in opposition to Mr. Trump’s immigration order led tech workers to call for their executives to push back. Last week Uber’s founder and chief executive, Travis Kalanick, stepped down from Mr. Trump’s economic advisory council after pressure from employees, customers and drivers. Before the decision, Mr. Kalanick had been one of the most vocal proponents of engaging with the president.
The Trump administration, whose attempt to overturn the stay on the ban was rejected for now, will be battling over the executive order at the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco on Monday. In a separate article, the Times discusses how the ruling in this case, which will likely ultimately be made by the Supreme Court, "could leave a mark on the law for generations" in terms of the executive branch's power.