Open doors bring all of US together. Closing doors further divide the US. And there ought to be ways to connect people, and not separate them. It’s still so hard to believe that this is real life. Nearly every action seems gratuitously chaotic. Somewhere and in every nook and corner in the valley voices echo that on every level -moral, humanitarian, economic, logical, etc.- that this ban is wrong and is completely antithetical to the principles of America.
The fading dearth that the executive order’s impact is real and upsetting. The benefit from what refugees and immigrants bring to the U.S. When we close our hearts & stop loving other people as ourselves we forget who we truly are—a light unto the nations. This is another mellowed opinion down in the valley.
Silicon Valley CEOs entered the debate over President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, offering criticisms of the seven-country immigration ban and in some cases outlining plans to support the employees it impacts.
The reverberations range in tone from a mild rebuke to stern denunciation, reflecting both the varying personal opinions of the CEOs and their individual willingness to risk retribution from the federal government.
Silicon Valley has been making a lot of noise since US president Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning visitors from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, and barring refugees from Syria indefinitely. The rest of the business community, not so much.
Though executives from Ford, Starbucks, and a few other non-tech companies have made statements denouncing Trump’s order, Silicon Valley has been by far the loudest voice criticizing the ban.
Concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on immigrant workers and their families, apparently that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the U.S.
Giants like Apple, Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Netflix, and Slack have all condemned Trump’s order; Airbnb offered free housing to refugees, and Uber and Lyft seem to be in a competition to show who can be most supportive of those affected by the order.
However late, the American tech sector has finally found its voice
• Google CEO Sundar Pichai soon followed suit, and by Saturday, as protests intensified around the nation, defiance from tech leaders did too.
• Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Y Combinator president Sam Altman joined protesters at San Francisco International Airport.
• Venture capitalists offered to match donations to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in the tens of thousands of dollars.
• Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “it is not a policy we support.”
Employers in the Silicon Valley believe deeply in the importance of immigration — both to the company and to the nation’s future. That they would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovation. That’s a stronger opinion for a bewildering policy.
This order impacts many companies outside of the tech industry, Internet companies, in particular, thrive in the U.S. because the best and the brightest are able to create innovative products and services right here in America.
Yet whoever they are nevertheless contributing their abilities to America is being overlooked and placing a yardstick in the venturing into the country ought to be revised. By all means, there are alternate ways to curb threats to the nation and its economic growth.
Strong Voiced Opinions banning people of a particular religion from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both people and the nation’s core values. The policy has angered employers and has made them step forward to support their employees on all grounds. It is evident that the leadership of Post mates that these policies on immigration are morally questionable due to the impact they have on the lives that have been and will be affected.
In most ways, tech’s strong reaction to Trump’s executive action is disproportionate to its likely impact on the industry’s health. Immigrants are a major part of nearly every industry in the US. But as Trump’s restrictions on foreign-born workers coming to the US begin to affect bottom lines, expect business leaders outside of Silicon Valley to make their voices heard. The best can still be hoped rather than sitting on the fence.
Now there is just one unanimous whispering prayer that the impacts be less and bearable and ensuring that immigrants stay in the country. And equipping them to handle the legal side of this baffling situation as to how the ban can be opposed and how to protect employees in the process.
Finally creating a livable world without turning away refugees because Immigration is unambiguously an economic benefit. There are multiple ways to keep America Safer, restrictions on immigrations would not resolve major problems but would add fuel to a quenching flame. When we love our neighbors as ourselves, the deed and word ought to be in equilibrium and sync.
One cordial plea and prayer is not to close doors to refugees, and those willing to contribute to America’s success, a ray of hope that the Congress and the Judiciary unanimously recognize this executive order for the xenophobic assault on freedom that it is and respond.