Facebook, Google Working On Open Letter To Trump: Report

U.S. companies including Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., Google, Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc., are circulating an open letter to President Donald Trump expressing concern about his recent order on immigration and offering help fixing it and other immigration policies, according to people familiar with the plan.

Other companies involved include firms in finance, manufacturing, energy and consumer goods sectors. It’s not clear yet which companies will agree to sign on. The goal is to publish the open letter this week, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. Changes are still being made to the document, and it’s possible it may not be released.

“We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today’s security needs and keeps our country safe,” said a draft of the letter obtained by Bloomberg News. “We are concerned, however, that your recent Executive Order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success.”

The action comes after Trump signed an executive order on Friday prohibiting entry by refugees and people from seven majority-Muslim nations. Citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen would be banned from entering the U.S. for 90 days, while the government determines what information it needs to safely admit visitors.

Spokespeople for Facebook, Google and Microsoft declined to comment. Amazon didn’t have an immediate comment, while Apple couldn’t be reached.
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