Uber, Apple, Google, Airbnb slam Trump’s immigration ban

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 30 January 2017

Big name brands have slammed Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban, which bars people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US.

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky went a step further, offering free housing to anyone displaced by the ban.

CEOs of Microsoft, Apple, Twitter, Netflix, Uber, Airbnb and Tesla Motors have denounced the policy, which would affect their own employees working in the US legally, as well as their competitive quest for talent.

In an email to employees Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company has contacted the White House to explain the “negative effect” the restrictions will have on workers.

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella, who was born in India, said the company will continue to be an advocate on the issue. “As an immigrant and as a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world."

Others slammed the president. "Trump's order is simple bigotry," tweeted Pierre Omidyar, eBay's founder.

Uber came under heavy fire for breaking a taxi strike that supported protesters at JFK, with the hashtag #DeleteUber trending worldwide. The company continued to offer its service at the airport, where the New York taxi works had waged a strike “in solidarity with all of our peace-loving neighbours against this inhumane, cruel, and unconstitutional pure act of bigotry.”

As criticism of Uber heated up, competitor Lyft announced it would donate $1 million to the America Civil Liberties Union Lawyers who are challenging the immigration ban and working to identify detainees.

Uber attempted to counter the criticism with its CEO Travis Kalanick emailing employees and offering them compensation for those impacted by the ban.

In a letter to employees, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he was "upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families."

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took a stance, adding: " The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that."

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