Over 100 US Tech Companies Challenge Trump’s Immigration Ban In Court

Swarajya Staff

Feb 07, 2017, 09:25 AM | Updated 09:25 AM IST

Protesters near the district court on Friday.
Protesters near the district court on Friday.

Over 100 major tech companies in the United States - including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and more - have joined the battle against President Donald Trump's recent executive order which bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days. These companies have been arguing that the temporary travel ban imposed by Trump “inflicts significant harm on American business.”

At least 127 tech majors have joined the fight so far, including Elon Musk's Tesla Inc and SpaceX. Musk’s support is significant because he is a member of Trump's business advisory council. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who was a member of the same council, quit the group following the travel ban.

“For decades, stable US immigration policy has embodied the principles that we are a people descended from immigrants, that we welcome new immigrants, and that we provide a home for refugees seeking protection,” a brief signed by the tech majors read. “Ultimately, American workers and the economy will suffer as a result,” the companies said in the brief.

US District Court Judge James Robart suspended Trump’s ban last Friday. On Sunday, a federal appeals court refused to lift the suspension imposed by the District Court. The Court of Appeals will hear challenge to Trump's ban on Tuesday.

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