Trump’s executive order that temporarily bans immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries has sparked outrage. Several CEOs of tech companies spoke out against the temporary immigration ban. Among them, Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, promised employees that the company will do everything in its power to protect them from the executive order. He also stated that immigration is important to Apple and the United States as a whole.
Apple’s CEO Will Use All Available Resources to Protect Employees Affected by Trump’s Immigration Order
On January 27, 2017, the United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order that prevents citizens of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, and Sudan from entering the country. The immigration ban will only last 90 days. People who have dual citizenship, H-1B visa, or a green card aren’t allowed entry into America under this order.
President Trump plans on implementing better vetting procedures after the ban expires in order to minimize the number of terrorists that enter the country. He doesn’t want what’s happening in many European countries like France and Germany to occur in the United States. Rape, bombings, and other crimes have significantly increased in western Europe due to the influx of refugees.
“I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States. We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas,” Trump explained.
In response to President Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from seven countries, Tim Cook sent a memo to employees reassuring them that Apple is a company that supports immigration. He directed employees who are affected by the temporary entry ban to contact Apple’s human resources department for help.
Cook also reassured employees that he has reached out to the Trump Administration to voice his concerns over the temporary immigration ban. He explained how it has a negative impact on the company and their coworkers.
More Background on the Impact of Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration
The executive order inconvenienced some travelers as they were removed from flights and denied entry into the United States. Green card holders who are trying to re-enter the United States must receive a waiver. Immigrants who are currently in the U.S. shouldn’t leave the country without contacting a consular officer. This is to ensure they are allowed back into America.
Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, was the son of an immigrant from Syria. This is another reason why Cook is speaking up about the immigration order. In the memo he sent to employees, Cook said:
“In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I’ve made it clear that 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.”
Other tech companies that have spoken out against Trump’s 90-day immigration ban from select countries include Google, Uber, Twitter, Lyft, and Netflix.
President Trump’s executive order on immigration raises a few problems. It causes an inconvenience to people who currently have a legal right to be in the United States, such as through a green card, dual citizenship, or an H-1B visa. Some have been barred entry back into the country.
Not only is it an inconvenience, but it’s scary not being able to go back to your home or job. The executive immigration order could have been crafted more effectively to prevent these problems from occurring. Cook offering a helping hand and insurance to employees affected by the policy will at least help assuage the fear and stress in some of the impacted individuals.