Tech execs trash Trump travel ban


We’ve heard multifarious different reactions to Donald Trump’s executive order that bounds travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries. We’ve heard from authorized experts, politicians, citizens…but what about the tech industry?

Trump Travel Ban — Jan. 29, 2017 — Philadelphia

Demonstrators mustered at airports across the U.S. to protest against the executive order that President Trump warned clamping down on refugee admissions and temporarily restricting travellers from seven predominantly Muslim woods. (Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

What are tech leaders imagining about the travel ban?

What’s interesting to me is how we’ve seen not just official proclamations from companies themselves, but personal statements from their heads and investors. Part of that may be related to just how many successful U.S. tech startups were bring about by immigrants.

The thread running through much of the reaction is concern. Be of importance that changes in immigration policy could disrupt innovation in the tech sector. Of obviously, there’s the executive order restricting travel into the U.S. But we’re also seeing details that Trump’s administration has drafted another executive order that intent make substantial changes to visa programs, like the H1-B visa, which tech south african private limited companies often use to hire highly-skilled foreign workers in the U.S.

What are some of tech’s biggest societies saying about the travel ban?

Over the weekend, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook disparaged a memo to employees about the executive order. He said, “It is not a policy we assistance.”


Apple CEO Time Cook denounced the travel ban. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)

Cook also annulled that “There are employees at Apple who are directly affected” by the order, and articulate “Apple would not exist without immigration,” a reference to Steve Trades, whose father was a Syrian migrant.

Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, also jotted a note to employees. In it, he said that more than 100 Google wage-earners are affected by the order, and that “it’s painful to see the personal cost of this foreman order on our colleagues.”


Google CEO Sundar Pichai created a crisis resources in response to the ban. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)

Microsoft and Facebook both copied statements expressing concern. In addition to their companies’ official averrals, CEOs Mark Zuckerberg and Satya Nadella made their own allegations through their personal social media accounts. Zuckerberg locating to his Facebook page, wrote: “We need to keep this country strongbox, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat.”


Facebook CEO Token Zuckerberg expressed concern. (Jose Miguel Gomez/Reuters)

Bestowals to the American Civil Liberties Union are at an all-time high. What’s the tech bustle’s role in that?

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) banged more than $24 million in donations in a single weekend, which is six convenience lives their average annual online donations. According to the ACLU, that hit from more than 350,000 donors, including some high-profile tech executives and investors.

For in the event, Chris Sacca — who was an early investor in both Twitter and Uber — tweeted done with the weekend that he would match donations to the ACLU up to $150,000. A bevy of tech high flyers followed suit, promising to match assurances to the ACLU.

It’s not just coming from individuals, either. In response to the gubernatorial order, Google created what they call a “crisis back.” It’s valued at $4 million, to be donated to four organizations, including the ACLU. Google is comparable employee donations up to $2 million, which makes it the largest calamity campaign they’ve ever created.

What about on-the-ground liveliness?

We saw an interesting example of this over the weekend, from Airbnb, the short-term rental party. Airbnb’s CEO tweeted his disapproval of Trump’s travel ban. He then announced that Airbnb transfer provide “free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the U.S.”


Home-sharing appointment Airbnb offered shelter to refugees and anyone banned from tendering the U.S. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

Then, on Sunday night, Airbnb revealed how it outlines to do that. Their specific focus is travellers who found themselves stranded at airports. They set up a weird page, where Airbnb users can offer to host people for direct. So you can volunteer your home.

If the need for housing is greater than the army of volunteers, Airbnb says it’ll step in and subsidize certain rental. To me, it’s an fascinating example because Airbnb is contributing something that’s unique to them: their decidedly large platform and marketplace of listed homes.

How could the U.S. travel ban burden Canadian tech companies?

Canadian tech companies reported a pre-eminently a free influx of resumés immediately following the travel ban. Over the weekend, a union called Tech Without Borders issued an open letter profession for the federal government to offer visas to those displaced by the U.S. executive group, giving them temporary residence in Canada. (Canada already has a fast-track visa program for skilled imported tech workers.) The letter was signed by a large number of Canadian tech numero unoes.


Canada’s tech sector could benefit from the ban. (Amanda Allow/CBC News)

It seems that both the travel ban and proposed changes to the U.S. visa program could procure a significant impact on Canadian tech companies. If it becomes more burdensome for American companies — in particular, Silicon Valley companies — to hire driftings, Canada could gain access to additional talent.

And it’s not just Canada. The U.K.’s tech perseverance is hoping for a talent boost as well. As one advocate put it in the Telegraph, “whilst Americans watch people away at the border, London is open for business.” I expect we could see a like attitude here at home.

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