Sunday, January 29, 2017

Apple, Google and Facebook Condemn Trump’s Immigration Ban

Leaders of top Silicon Valley companies including Apple, Google and Facebook sent emails to their workforces attacking the move to ban temporarily immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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 FT)


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."


  1. Amusing. So... the threat is that instead of replacing workers imported from overseas, they will just replace with workers already overseas. Its up to them, I guess. But will they forego a 15% company tax rate?

  2. It's time for business leaders to begin disappearing and relocating to Galt's Gulch.

  3. Yes, the same companies that can't find 'skilzd' 'Muricans and we always need a million more Ranjeeves or Lo Weis. F'ck em already. Funny they were hiring just about anyone with a science or tech degree in the late 90's. Yeah, Americans first.

    I'm still trying to understand how RW here tells 'this not what a recession looks like' but there are millions looking for work for sometime now. He really needs to go visit the real world sometime.

    1. Re: The Lab Manager,

      Even if they could find enough "American" technicians if one is to trust your assessment, exactly WHY would you argue that these companies have a responsibility to only hire Americans? It seems like it's always envy which motivates Trumpistas and not knowledge or wisdom.

    2. Francisco,

      It's an attitude similar to that of organized labor. Constantly scheming against the competitor and the consumer, just to featherbed the union guy (in this case the Real American Worker) so he can be insulated from market forces.

    3. Who are you really for Francisco? 20 years ago, during the web 1.0 boom, these same companies were hiring anyone with a technical degree to become web programmers and database admins and such. These companies abuse the H-1 program to the detriment of the country. Also, these same companies laid off thousands but then turn around and lobby congress for more H-1's and then claim there are no skilled people. F'that crap already!

      Yes, we need to stop shooting ourselves in the foot with taxes and regulations but I see nothing that requires us to be a doormat. These corporations are liars and thieves.

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