United States President Donald Trump's executive order severely restricting immigration from seven Islamic nations, suspending all refugee admission for 120 days, and barring all Syrian refugees indefinitely into the United States, has been criticised by many within and outside America. Amid widespread protests and countermeasures by other arms of the state in the US, many in Silicon Valley are preparing for a legal battle against the president's order.
Bob Ferguson, Attorney General of the state of Washington, filed a lawsuit against the orders and tech companies are already joining in the battle. As reported by Verge, Amazon's chief Jeff Bezos has criticised Trump's decision and announced that his company is joining the legal battle against it.
Bezos said in a letter to Amazon employees,
"A quick update on where we are. This executive order is one we do not support. Our public policy team in D.C. has reached out to senior administration officials to make our opposition clear. We've also reached out to congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to explore legislative options. Our legal team has prepared a declaration of support for the Washington State Attorney General who will be filing suit against the order. We are working other legal options as well"
Meanwhile, Expedia and Microsoft have also extended their support to the legal initiatives against Trump's order. A Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters that the company would be happy to testify against it if needed.
According to another report, GitHub is calling for a meeting of companies to join hands against the order and, Google, Netflix and Airbnb are among the companies that have been invited. Other prominent names in the list include SpaceX, Adobe, Salesforce, Evernote, and Zynga.
"We're all very shaken," Michal Rosenn, general counsel for Kickstarter told Reuters. "We're shaken to see our neighbours and our families and our friends targeted in this way. All of us are trying to think about what we can do."
Google employees even staged a protest at the company's offices all over the world. Google employees used hashtag #GooglersUnited for the demonstration, which was joined by co-founder Sergey Brin and CEO Sundar Pichai.
Over the past few days, many heads of Tech companies have expressed concern over the order passed by the 45th American president.
"As an immigrant and as a CEO, I've both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world," Mircosoft CEO Satya Nadella said on LinkedIN. "We will continue to advocate on this important topic."
Others such as Elon Musk of SpaceX, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook have also expressed concern over the order.