Following the internal and public statements from the likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft relating to the Trump administration’s new immigration policy, two further tech heavyweights have now added their voices to the fray.
On Saturday, in an email obtained by Recode, Apple CEO Tim Cook, the top of the world’s main tech firm, reportedly took a stance towards the brand new policy.
“Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do. I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support,” wrote Cook within the e-mail, in accordance with the report.
“Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.” –Tim Cook
“There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday’s immigration order. Our HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with them, and Apple will do everything we can to support them. We’re providing resources on AppleWeb for anyone with questions or concerns about immigration policies. And we have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company.”
Similarly, in an inner memo from Uber CEO Travis Kalanick obtained by a New York Times reporter and posted on Twitter, the experience sharing firm voiced its considerations and pledged to help its staff who’re being impacted by the brand new policy.
“Our People ops team has already reached out to the dozen or so employees who we know are affected,” Kalanick’s memo states, simply after outlining the small print of the brand new policy.
“This order has far broader implications as it also affects thousands of drivers who use Uber and come from the listed countries … We are working out a process to identify these drivers and compensate them pro bono during the next three months to help mitigate some of the financial stress and complications with supporting their families … We will have more details on this in the coming days.”
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to Facebook on Saturday to voice his opposition to the policy.
“Trump’s actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all,” wrote Hastings. “Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe. A very sad week, and more to come with the lives of over 600,000 Dreamers here in a America under imminent threat. It is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity.”
Finally, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey added a quick however potent assertion towards the brand new Trump immigration policy.
“The Executive Order’s humanitarian and economic impact is real and upsetting,” wrote Dorsey, linking to a similar statement from the Internet Association on Twitter. “We benefit from what refugees and immigrants bring to the U.S.”
Since the journey ban, which prohibits entry into the U.S. for 90 days for individuals from Iran, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia, was introduced, a quantity of civil rights teams, politicians and celebrities have spoken out on social media towards the policy. However, regardless of the highly effective inner messages, main tech model Apple has remained principally silent on public platforms.
Nevertheless, Cook, who, together with different main tech CEOs, met with Trump simply after the election, seems prepared to withstand the brand new policy in no matter he can.
“Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship,” wrote Cook, in response to the report. “Our employees represent the finest talent in the world, and our team hails from every corner of the globe. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, ‘We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.'”