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Friday, February 3, 2017

Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft plan to draft a joint letter opposing Trump’s travel ban

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Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft - The four tech giants, and others, worked together on a letter that speaks out against the executive order.

Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Alphabet can finally agree on something. The tech giants joined forces in drafting a letter to US President Donald Trump’s administration, speaking out against Friday’s controversial executive order banning immigration from seven countries, Recode reported Wednesday, also publishing a draft of the letter.

“While security and vetting procedures can and should always be subject to continuous evaluation and improvement, a blanket suspension is not the right approach,” the letter said.

The move is the latest effort to voice opposition to Trump’s executive order, which among other things restricts for 90 days immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

The order also sparked protests around the country, many of which took place in airports in cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Uber, Stripe, as well as other companies are also in on the letter. Apple, Microsoft, Uber, Alphabet, and Stripe did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to when the letter will be sent. Facebook declined to comment. 

The White House was also not available for comment regarding the tech community’s concerns over the ban.

The draft of the letter talked about the need to attract tech talent from around the world, not just the US and also expressed concern for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which temporarily protects people brought to the US as children from deportation, but is now in jeopardy under the new administration.

This isn’t the first batch of tech companies to fight the ban. Google held a protest at its campus. Microsoft, Amazon and Expedia are supporting a lawsuit by the state of Washington against the ban. More than 2,000 New York tech industry members from companies like Spotify, Etsy, Yext, Meetup, and more have signed a letter warning against the effects of turning away immigrants on the economy. 

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