Tech Companies Term Trump Travel Ban ‘Illegal’ in Amicus Brief

By Jeremy Del Nero on 6 February 2017
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Over 1/3 of Silicon Valley employees is estimated to be foreign-born

Over 1/3 of Silicon Valley employees is estimated to be foreign-born

Ninety-seven tech companies – among them the largest in the industry including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft – went on record to oppose President Donald Trump’s “Foreign Terrorist Entry” travel ban, which was put on hold by a federal judge in Seattle over the weekend.

The companies filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which issued the stay late Friday. The court is expected to hold hearings on the ban Monday and make a ruling this week after the administration filed an appeal.

“The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years,” the brief said, adding that the order makes it “more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees” while threatening companies’ ability “attract talent, business, and investment to the United States.”

Tech companies are big employers of foreign workers and over one third of the employees at Silicon Valley companies is estimated to be foreign-born.

“Immigrants or their children founded more than 200 of the companies on the Fortune 500 list, including Apple, Kraft, Ford, General Electric, AT&T, Google, McDonald’s, Boeing, and Disney,” the brief notes.

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