Trump’s Travel Ban affects Tech Industry

Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order barring travel to and from the following countries: Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Yemen.

On Saturday, federal judges in several states enacted emergency stays, allowing travelers with a green card or a valid visa and who were already in transit to reenter the country.

The move was completely unexpected and was met with heavy criticism from the tech industry. It raised concerns that tech workers who were permanent residents or on a visa may not be able to return to the US.

Google took steps to recall anyone they saw as being affected from the travel ban.

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, criticized the move in a company-wide email saying that “Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.” The email further stated that company does not support the executive order. Critics of the move noted that Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, was the child of a Syrian immigrant.

Elon Musk stated “they done no wrong and don’t deserve to be rejected.” and followed up by saying a blanket ban may not be the best way to address the situation.

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