Top tech companies file suit against Trump travel ban

People protest against the travel ban imposed by US President Donald Trump, on February 4, 2017, in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate and the US embassy. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Rainer Jensen / Germany OUT

Dozens of top tech companies — including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter — have filed a joint legal brief arguing against President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

The brief was filed late Sunday with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of an ongoing lawsuit against the ban.

It charged that the ban “inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result,” according to a copy of the document published by US media outlets.

Executives from several top Silicon Valley companies had previously spoken out against the ban, which temporarily barred all refugees and travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.

On Friday, following a lawsuit filed by the state of Washington challenging the ban, a federal judge in Seattle temporarily suspended Trump’s order pending a wider legal review.

The Trump administration appealed over the weekend to the Ninth Circuit court, where a flurry of legal filings were flooding in early Monday.

The travel ban would have a large impact on Silicon Valley firms which employ thousands of immigrants.

The 97 signatories to the brief argued that Trump’s ban harms recruiting and retention of talent, threatens business operations, and hampers the firms’ ability to attract investment to the United States.

Other tech companies that are part of the coalition include AirBnb, Dropbox, eBay, Intel, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Lyft, Mozilla, Netflix, PayPal, Uber and Yelp.

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1 Comment
  • Deji Fadina

    The Republicans are all in the process of taking back what belong to people already, so why can they not take away visas and permanent residency, already granted these immigrants who just happen to be on the wrong end of the border at a particular point in time, while America looks on.
    After all these rich media moguls and white, privileged and comfortable Middle ClaSS America, are not complaining while Republican legislators and Trump are doing the same thing in the case of Obamacare which people are enjoying and is now being taken away from those who have no problems with it and nothing to replace it.
    Trump can do what he is doing simply because Americans never really really fight for justice but for interests, and if your interest group is weak in America, expect to be treated like a doormat.
    Did Thomas Jefferson not enslave thousands of black people while mouthing off on the most wonderful prognostications for human worth, freedom and justice?