President Donald Trump has faced a fierce backlash after he took executive action to block and limit Muslim immigration into the US.
The Republican leader banned people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from traveling to America. He said his decision was made to protect Americans from terrorist attacks carried out by Islamic extremists.
Tech companies such as Facebook and Microsoft among others are leading the corporate opposition to Trump’s plan.
The Silicon Valley giants who have long and openly depended on immigrants and their contributions have criticized the idea and planned to finance legal opposition to the issue.
”We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat,” wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
”We are a nation of immigrants,” he continued, mentioning his German, Austrian, and Polish ancestry. ”And we all benefit when the best and brightest from around the world can live, work and contribute here.”
Microsoft, Apple Inc, and Google through letters sent to staff, offered legal aid to employees affected while other executives donated to legal efforts to support immigrants facing the ban.
Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk and Uber’s Travis Kalanick who both serve on Trump’s business advisory council said that they would take their concerns to the council.
Kalanick in a Facebook post on Sunday called the Muslim immigration ban ”wrong and unjust” adding that Uber would create a $3 million fund to help drivers with immigration issues.
Another major company who plans to provide employment for the marginalized Muslims is US coffee giant Starbucks.
The head of the coffee chain company Howard Schultz said on Sunday that he would be hiring 10,000 refugees worldwide over the next five years. He made the announcement in a letter to employees posted on the company’s website.
”I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise,” began Schultz.
The CEO continued by saying the ”the promise of the American Dream” was being called into question.
He then stipulated that the refugees hired would be fleeing war, persecution, and discrimination in the 75 countries where the company operates.
”We will start this effort here in the US by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with US troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where our military has asked for such support,” he said.
Hollywood actors and Washington politicians have also come to the defense of the Muslim immigration ban arguing it is un-American, both constitutionally and morally.