Apple has now joined tech bigwigs in their battle against Trump’s executive order recently passed in the States. The order disallows refugees, and students from seven Muslim dominant regions across the globe to step a foot into the country. The Cupertino giant now seeks to take some legal actions against the said ban.
Prior to Cupertino’s move, Amazon and Microsoft have already expressed their support for a lawsuit against the order in Washington. Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella clarified his stance on immigration and answered employee queries as under,
We’re not going to overreact because of any one incident, but we will always stand for what we believe are these enduring principles that really are going to be about us as a company, but also recognizing that we’re a multinational company that is an American company.
Prior to it, the company released statements stating the order as misguided and a fundamental step backward. Apple joining the resistance against Trump will further pressurize the government to reverse the immigration orders.
Other than the reports surrounding Apple pursuing a legal action, WSJ reported that it is engaged in implying other options available. These include talks with White House officials and diverting the administration’s attention to problems with the order so passed. Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the matter as under,
Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.
Though there has been a massive support to immigrants affected by the order from people around the world, Trump’s administration is still stuck to their point of terrorist invasion. Earlier this month, Trump hosted a meeting with Silicon Valley executives where he assured them of considering needs of their respective companies and employees, though that doesn’t seem to be true as of now.
According to Apple’s HR department, thousands of employees have been disoriented due to the order along with a heart-wrenching impact on their families. It is still not sure whether the company will weigh towards a suit as it may adopt a constructive approach. The company has declined to comment its future actions, it may opt for funding or support one of the many other actions challenging the legality of Trump’s order.
Tim also issued a letter to company’s employees pacifying their thoughts. He further added,
I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.
On Amazon’s part, the e-retailer has already spoken to senior administration officials to make the opposition clear. They have further approached congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to explore legislative options. The legal team under the company has presented a declaration of support for the Washington State Attorney General who will be filing suit against the order. The company is working on other legal options as well. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos supporting its employees added,
To our employees in the U.S. and around the world who may be directly affected by this order, I want you to know that the full extent of Amazon’s resources are behind you.
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