Nearly 100 tech companies, including Facebook, Github, Uber, and Lyft, signed on to a court filing submitted to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals late Sunday night, Pacific Time.
This whole executive order is complete bullshit. The politicians on both sides know it. The citizens of the USA know it. The entire world knows it. It’s about time Silicon Valley got together to take a stand.
This instability and uncertainty will make it far more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to hire some of the world’s best talent—and impede them from competing in the global marketplace. Businesses and employees have little incentive to go through the laborious process of sponsoring or obtaining a visa, and relocating to the United States, if an employee may be unexpectedly halted at the border. Skilled individuals will not wish to immigrate to the country if they may be cut off without warning from their spouses, grandparents, relatives, and friends—they will not pull up roots, incur significant economic risk, and subject their family to considerable uncertainty to immigrate to the United States in the face of this instability.
Every time Trump or any of his supporters talk about blocking anyone from the country, banning a religion, distinguishing between race/sexual orientation/political affiliation/wealth/religion/etc/etc/so much etc… I can’t help but think of this excerpt from Dr. Michio Kaku speaking about America’s Secret Weapon and I wonder: for how much longer?
This is going to be a very long 4 years and an even longer period in time working towards repairing the irreparable damage #45 is enacting, not just on the USA, but the world.
Worth a note: where is Tesla and Space X in this list? Elon Musk said in a statement over the weekend that he would “express [his] objections to the recent executive order on immigration and offer suggestions for changes to the policy.”
Update: Tesla and SpaceX, have joined the amicus brief in support of the state of Washington in its lawsuit against the federal government.
As soon as we saw the brief this morning, we insisted on being added.
Update 2: Thirty one additional companies have joined an amicus brief supporting the state of Washington in its lawsuit against the Trump administration including Adobe, Bungie, Evernote, HP, Inc., IAC, Slack, and Zenefits. A total of 127 companies have now joined the brief. The full list of companies is in the document here.