Tim Cook, Apple chief executive, said the company had told the White House the company did not support the policy. Cook said “Apple would not exist without immigration”.
Tech companies say that Trump’s immigration policies will undercut their ability to recruit and retain engineering talent from overseas. Amit Kumar, chief executive of software company Trimian, told the Financial Times that many start-ups will increase the size of their branch offices outside the US as a result.
“The shift was immediate, it was dramatic. People are thinking what is the right country to base their operations in,” Kumar said. “I see that across the board.”
Twitter leader Jack Dorsey said it was “real and upsetting” while Slack chief executive Stewart Butterfield wrote that almost every one of President Trump’s actions was “gratuitously . . . evil”.
Via The Washinton Post:
The country’s leading technology companies are recalling overseas employees and sharply criticizing President Trump after he signed an executive order Friday barring for 90 days immigrants and visitors from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States.
The companies warned the action — which affects foreign-born immigrants with legal permanent residence status in the United States and also includes suspending the acceptance of refugees for 120 days — could impair the ability of America’s top companies to compete.
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai late on Friday ordered scores of staffers traveling overseas to return to the United States immediately. Pichai sent out a company-wide memo that was highly critical of Trump's action, saying it could prevent at least 187 foreign-born Google employees from entering the United States.
“It's painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues," wrote Pichai. "We’re upset 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."