It’s no secret that President Trump’s travel ban is controversial. The countries seem to be banned with no rhyme or reason rather than for national security issues, and really comes across as racist. The ban of immigrants and foreign workers coming in from middle eastern countries has ramifications beyond major inconvenience and separating families. The tech industry relies a lot on foreign talent, and prohibiting technology companies from hiring the best and the brightest only hinders innovation.
Major players like Lyft, Airbnb, and 56 other companies filed a pretty extensive brief today opposing Trump’s revised travel ban and providing a good amount of logical and legal reasoning for why it doesn’t make sense. We’ve included the brief below for those who want to go through it, but suffice it to say that Tech companies are not happy with Trump’s leadership and are doing their best to fight back. The group wants a temporary restraining order on the ban, saying that it “would inflict significant and irreparable harm on U.S. businesses and their employees”
Notably absent from this brief are huge entities like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify, and Uber. These companies signed onto the first brief but for some reason weren’t involved in this response to the updated version of Trump’s travel ban.
The majority of the country opposes Trump in general, and his travel bans are some of the most controversial and hated of his policies since taking office. It’s encouraging to know that major industries in the U.S. are pushing against xenophobic and anti-industry policies that will only harm America in the long run.