The White House immigration executive order has faced harsh criticism and now it faces even more opposition now that 97 companies, including Apple, have filed an amicus brief with the Federal Courts. The document, which leaked last week, is harshly critical of Mr. Trump’s order and says immigrants are an important part of our society and economy.
The executive order singles out immigrants and refugees from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen over claims they could engage in terrorist acts. The order has proven to be very controversial and has already landed in front of more than one Federal Judge.
Opposing Trump’s Immigration Executive Order
The order sparked demonstrations at several airports when valid green card holders and people who had already been approved for immigration where detained and in some cases were put flights leaving the country. It also led to demonstrations in support of immigrants, and Muslims in particular, in cities all over the United States.
The order is seen as a “Muslim ban” because it favors non-Muslim religions, and Mr. Trump promised what he called a Muslim ban during his presidential campaign. Rudy Giuliani also said Mr. Trump came to him asking how to make a legal Muslim ban.
“[Mr. Trump] called me up,” Mr. Giulanni said in a Fox interview. “He said, ‘Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally.'”
The Fight Against the Immigration Order
Regardless of Mr. Trump’s motivation, the end result is seen by the companies filing the amicus brief as a serious threat to business and U.S. society. The draft of the amicus brief as seen last week starts,
Since the country’s birth, America has been the land of opportunity — welcoming newcomers and giving them the chance to build families, careers and businesses in the United States. We are a nation made stronger by immigrants. As entrepreneurs and business leaders, our ability to grow our companies and create jobs depends on the contributions of immigrants from all backgrounds.
The brief goes on to raise concerns about the status of valid visa holders and the negative impact it could have on the country. “Your recent executive order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success. In a global economy, it is critical that we continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world,” it states.
Along with Apple, companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Lyft, and Uber are part of the filing. Outside of the technology sector, Chobani, Levi Strauss & Co, and others participated, too.
Last week a Federal Court Judge granted a temporary restraining order blocking the enforcement of part of Mr. Trump’s executive order. The U.S. Appeals Court refused to overturn the lower court’s ruling, leaving the restraining order in place for now.
The fight over Mr. Trump’s executive order continues with both sides pushing for what they see as the right outcome. The opposition to the immigration order, however, is heating up because citizens across the United States have been joined by a powerhouse list of companies with a vested interest in keeping their skilled foreign born worker force.
[Thanks to Bloomberg for the heads up]