President Donald Trump's orders banning immigrants from seven countries into the United States has not been received well by Silicon Valley CEOs. Facing a public backlash, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has quit Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum but Elon Musk has decided to stay on.
The SpaceX CEO said in a statement that it is important to stay on the committee to provide feedback on issues related to America and the world.
"Advisory council simply provide advice and attending doesn't mean that I agree with the decisions taken by the administration," Musk said. He said that he plans to stay on the forum.
Regarding the meeting at the White House: pic.twitter.com/8b1XH4oW6h— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 3, 2017
Musk and Kalanick had agreed to join the US President's 19-member advisory committee which includes other big name CEOs such as Disney's Bob Iger, Wal-Mart's Doug McMillon, and PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi. Kalanick quit earlier today after 200,000 people reportedly deleted the Uber app under the #DeleteUber campaign.
Some other tech companies, including Microsoft and Amazon, are joining hands to fight a legal battle against Trump's immigration ban. Google has raised an amount of $4 million to support pro-immigrant causes. Google CEO Sundar Pichai alone donated $2 million to the fund. Even Uber has set aside a pool of $3 million for legal battles.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Indian IT industry professionals that will include CEOs of some IT companies is planning to meet Trump later this month to lobby against any changes in the existing H1-B visa regulations. Infosys founder Narayana Murthy however, has criticised Indian IT companies for sending Indians to the US on H1-B visas instead of hiring local residents.