San Francisco: The U.S. technology industry, a major employer of foreign workers, hit back on Saturday at President Donald Trump’s sudden executive order on immigration, with some leaders calling it immoral and un-American.
Trump’s order temporarily bars citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States even if they hold valid visas or permanent residence permits, a move that caught many companies off-guard.
Netflix Inc Chief Executive Reed Hastings called it “a sad week” and added: “It is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity.”
Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook sent a letter to employees saying Trump’s order was “not a policy we support” and promised to help affected employees.
“We have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company,” Cook added.
Elon Musk, the South African-born founder of Tesla and SpaceX who met recently with Trump, said on Twitter: “The blanket entry ban on citizens from certain primarily Muslim countries is not the best way to address the country’s challenges.”
Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky said: “Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right and we must stand with those who are affected.”
Airbnb will provide free housing to anyone not allowed into the United States, Chesky said.
Aaron Levie, the outspoken founder and CEO of online storage company Box Inc, said: “The executive order on immigration is immoral and antithetical to our values.”