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And the trend continues. The US government has bought in a new law against immigration and Silicon Valley’s companies have risen up against it again. As many as 162 companies have linked arms with each other in a bid to file an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit challenging the revised immigration order.. The revised order it should be remembered, was issued in March.

Yahoo, Medium, Yelp, Facebook, Google, SpaceX, Amazon, Salesforce, Microsoft all form part of the brief and in support of the lawsuit. This marks a continuation of the tech community’s efforts to get President Trump’s attempts to ban immigrants — or at least make it more difficult for them to enter the US.

As per the brief:

Like the First Executive Order, the Second Order effects a fundamental shift in the rules governing entry into the United States, and is inflicting substantial harm on U.S. companies, their employees, and the entire economy.

The Amicus brief clearly mentions that the new executive order is in violation of USC 1152, which requires that “no person shall… be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality,place of birth, or place of residence.”

Whether or not its against the law, remains to be seen. However, the fact remains that the tech community is no happier with Trump’s new rule as compared to the last one.

…the ban applies to literally millions of people who could not plausibly be foreign terrorists: hundreds of thousands of students, employees, and family members of citizens who have been previously admitted to the United States, and countless peaceful individuals who are citizens of or born in the targeted countries.

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