You must have heard about President Donald Trump’s immigration ban in the United States. Well, here’s the thing: the ban is not sitting well with millions of people. In fact, it has sparked protests all over the States. The tech industry is one major sector that this US immigration ban affects. The aggrieved parties have spoken out against the ban.
Here’s a bit of insight into how the immigration ban affects tech companies. Take Google for example. Google is one of the biggest tech companies in the world, and it has employees from all over the world. This ban would negatively affect members of its workforce who are not US citizens, as it would mean that they need to leave. It goes without saying that this would severely affect Google’s operations, not only in the United States, but all over the world.
Moreover, Google is just one of the many tech companies that this ban affects. Microsoft, Apple, Uber, Tesla Motors, you name it – they all got hit. After all, a large number of their workers are not US citizens. Also, these companies draw a lot of their talent from abroad. Well, the tech companies have made their feelings known on the matter; trust me, they are pissed off. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, declared that this is “not the best way to address the country’s challenges”. Well, he’s right; many people affected by this banket ban are supporters of the US.
Microsoft’s general counsel Brad Smith has stated that the company will provide legal advice and assistance to its employees affected by the immigration ban. The CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, who is an immigrant himself, has vowed that the company “would continue to advocate on this important topic”. Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook declared that “Apple would not exist without immigration”. So true, Mr. Cook. So true.
Meanwhile, thousands of Google employees took to the streets to protest the immigration ban. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and co-founder Sergey Brin (both immigrants, by the way) took part in the protests, and both men voiced concerns over the issue. The blanket ban affects over 187 of the company’s employees. However, Sundar Pichai has ordered all the employees that are overseas to return immediately.
The tech giants have spoken.