Airbnb, an e-lodging and renting platform will now provide free housing space to refugees and to anyone in general who find themselves stranded after President Donald Trump’s immigration order. The order announced on Friday denied immigrants from the seven Muslim-majority countries around the world to step foot in the States. The command so passed detained passengers at the airport as well as led to some massive protests and legal actions.
Airbnb’s homestay network stretches its helping hand towards such migrants and others impacted by the decision. It includes refugees, students, and green card holders as well. The support was advertised by Airbnb’s CEO, Brian Chesky via his twitter account. He tweeted,
Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 29, 2017
This initiative taken by Airbnb will hence enhance the faith of people in the platform along with delivering a marketing momentum to the company. Chesky further feels that the immigration ban will only divide the states by disconnecting and separating people. The direction passed by Trump closes doors to U.S and hinders the global communication process.
The platform will further channelize its Disaster Response Program towards the immigration orders. The Program provides emergency accommodations worldwide through its network of hosts — housed individuals, families, and relief workers. The company identified the situation as a crisis for the people of U.S. and plans to roll out details under the program in the coming days.
It is still to witness Customs and Border Protection’s instructions towards the Trump’s baseless order passed a couple days ago. Apart from Airbnb, other technology behemoths in the industry also showed their concerns towards the people including Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, among others. The order passed under President Trump’s reign is, hence, no way to ‘Protect the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.’