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Tech titans wage legal battle against Trump

Tech titans wage legal battle against Trump
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Dozens of tech companies — including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook —have signed a legal brief condemning President Trum­p’s recent immigration...

Washington: Dozens of tech companies — including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook —have signed a legal brief condemning President Trum­p’s recent immigration ban, claiming the ban inflicts ‘substantial harm on US companies.’

The amicus brief, which was signed by 97 companies primarily from the tech industry, was filed late on Sunday with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

It capped off a busy weekend in which Trump’s immigration ban was lifted on Friday, and an appeal by the Trump admin to restore it was then denied early on Sunday.

The joint brief claims that the immigration ban hinders tech companies from recruiting and makes it hard for American companies to compete internationally.

Tech companies have been up in arms over the past week about Trump’s immigration ban, which temporarily blocked immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, temporarily suspended all refugee admissions and blocked refugees from Syria from entering the US indefinitely.

A number of tech executives have spoken out against the order, including Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. At Google, employees held a protest last week at company headquarters.

The backlash against Uber and its CEO Travis Kalanick, who was on Trump’s advisory council, was so strong that Kalanick quit the council late last week.

“Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the President or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that,” he wrote in a company-wide email.

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