The ban on Muslim immigrants announced by US President Donald Trump has received widespread criticism including from top companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple and Uber. Most of these companies have employees from all across the globe and the new immigration rules would make it difficult for these companies to acquire the right talent and skills. Even the late Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, had said that his biological father was a Syrian refugee. Expressing his anguish over the new immigration rules, Tim Cook, Chief Executive of Apple wrote in a memo, “Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship.”
Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick also expressed his displeasure saying that several of its employees and thousands of drivers will be affected by the ban on immigrants. He said that many of those affected would be innocent people who work hard to earn a living and support their families. Microsoft issued a statement saying that it is currently evaluating legal options to ensure that its employees have relevant work permits to work in the United States.
Google released a statement that read, “We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US.” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg shared similar concerns, saying that, “Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.”