The tech industry took the battle from cyberspace to court when approximately 127 companies, including tech giants like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, and Intel, signed a court brief against the immigration ban that President Donald Trump recently declared.
Trump’s legal order prohibits newly arriving immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 60 days. People from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are not allowed in US soil. He also banned all refugees for 120 days, and Syrian refugees indefinitely. The legal order has been put on hold by the US judiciary as a checks and balance system.
Along with the current social media protests, the tech industry supported the opposition to Trump’s order with an amicus brief last February 5 in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a legal document filed in court by people who are not party to a case but have a strong interest in the subject matter.
The main argument was that Trump’s policy is harmful to the technology industry. The brief emphasizes that they operate in a globalized world. They use digital marketing to reach out to clients, and have employees, and business competitors from all over the globe. By banning immigrants from said countries from entering the US, Trump is harming the industry’s ability to tap into potential markets and to have the most competitive pool of the talent there could possibly be.
“Companies routinely send employees across borders for conferences, meetings, or job rotations, and invite customers, clients, or users from abroad,” stated on the brief. Employees of leading companies like Google and Facebook are diverse and multicultural. Part of the reason why they are able to create networks in many parts of the globe is because of these employees.
The brief furthermore argued that the ban would incentivize global talent to work elsewhere, in countries that have lesser restriction and more tolerance for diverse cultures. “Multinational companies will have strong incentives … to base operations outside the United States or to move or hire employees and make investments abroad,” the companies argued.
They concluded that the American economy will be the one to suffer the most with Trump’s policy.
On top of this, tech workers from Silicon Valley, plans to walk out from work and protest against Trump on Pi Day (Annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi)) this March.
Kayte M. is the Senior Social Media Manager for Philippine Outsourcer. During her spare time, she engages in intellectual debates.