Nearly 100 companies, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, banded together on Sunday to file a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban, arguing that it "inflicts significant harm on American business," reports Reuters.
The brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, also included Facebook, Twitter N), Intel, eBay, Netflix and Uber as well as non-tech companies such as Levi Strauss and Chobani.
"The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years," the brief from the companies stated.
"The Order inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result," it added.
Over the weekend, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied the Trump administration's request for an immediate stay of the federal judge's temporary restraining order that blocked nationwide the implementation of key parts of the travel ban.
But the court said it would reconsider the government's request after receiving more information.
The government has until 3 p.m. PST on Monday to submit additional legal briefs to the appeals court in support of Trump's executive order. Following that, the court is expected to act quickly, and a decision either way may ultimately result in the case reaching the U.S. Supreme Court.
The companies are doing this for their own self-interest, which is fine, and it is good to see there is some kind of check on Trump.