Amazon, Apple CEOs Fight Back Against Immigration Ban

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Amazon, Apple CEOs Fight Back Against Immigration Ban

On Friday, Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from seven predominantly-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

CEO Jeff Bezos has joined the chorus of Silicon Valley leaders who are speaking out against President Donald Trump's executive order, signed on Friday, that barred refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. He said the United States is known for "harnessing" immigrants' talents and that it's "a distinctive competitive advantage for our country".

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, contends in the complaint filed Monday in Seattle federal court that Trump's January 27 executive order is "undermining the state's sovereign interests".

Tech companies have been some of the major voices against this ban, with people from Google, Facebook, Amazon, Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, Salesforce, Etsy, Tesla, Netflix, Microsoft and the list goes on.

In an email to employees Monday, Bezos said Amazon is working on a number of efforts, including exploring legislative measures and drafting a declaration of support for Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson's lawsuit against the immigration order.

He promised that any employees affected by the order would have the "full extent of Amazon's resources" behind them.

Two of our state's largest employers - Amazon and Microsoft - both reached out to their workers who are affected by the immigration ban.

The controversial order bans immigration from seven specific countries. The executive orders restrict business, increase business costs, and impact current employees and employers.

One of the main arguments in Ferguson's suit is that the executive order harms the state's economy by hindering employees of companies based here.

"Expedia believes that the executive order jeopardizes its corporate mission and could have a detrimental impact on its business and its employees, as well as the broader US and global travel and tourism industry", Robert Dzielak, Expedia's executive vice president and general counsel, wrote in the company's declaration.

Bezos' company-wide email, reaffirmed the points in a note sent on Saturday by Amazon Vice President of Human Resources Beth Galetti that the Seattle-based internet retailer was committed to backing its employees around the globe with any travel issues.

A Microsoft spokesman told Reuters that the company is providing information about the effect of the order in order to "be supportive".

"The direct financial impact to Expedia resulting from the Executive Order ranging from increased business costs to the broader impact on the global travel market is not yet known", Dzielak wrote.

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