Published on : Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Silicon Valley has joined the protest against the Trump administration’s travel ban. Technology giants like Apple, Facebook, Uber, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, Lyft and many others have filed a legal brief opposing the administration’s contentious entry ban.
The joint brief, filed in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of a Washington judge’s move to halt enforcement of the executive order, contends the ban is unconstitutional, unfair and, above all else, bad for business.
The filing says that the entry ban, which barred individuals from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States for at least 90 days and suspended the U.S. refugee program, is discriminatory.
The filing argues that immigration and economic growth are “intimately tied” and that the order would damage the United States’ ability to attract the world’s talent.
This isn’t the only tumultuous tie Uber has to the ban. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick decided to step down from the ballyhooed Trump business advisory board amid tumult caused by the #DeleteUber hastag, which appeared following the company’s decision to lift surge pricing around JFK Airport protests at the same time as a taxi driver strike took place.
More recently, an appeals court has rejected the White House’s plea to reinstate Trump’s travel ban.