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“Apple would not exist without immigration” – Tim Cook on Trump’s Muslim Ban

Other Tech Leaders including Google, Microsoft and Facebook have also gone against the Trump's Immigration Policies.

Following various other leaders from the tech industry, Apple CEO Tim Cook has also spoken against the “Ban Muslims” policy in the new immigration laws of new President Trump of the US.

Recode has obtained an email sent to Apple employees where Tim Cook said “Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do,” after a recent executive order to restrict immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

“I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.” – said Tim in the email.

 

Apple’s opinion over Muslim Ban in US comes later after when other tech leaders have also come out of their silence who, like many believed the Trump election speeches to get votes only, waited for an actual law to pass from white house.

The Statements from Tech Leaders against Trump’s Muslim Ban in the US

After the ban on the immigrants from seven Muslim countries, Microsoft is providing legal assistance to the affected employees where 76 of the employees were said to be affected.

“As an immigrant and as a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world. We will continue to advocate on this important topic,” – wrote Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a blog post.

Google CEO, Sundar Pichai also sent an email to employees showing concerns about the impact of the new order on immigration policies. A spokesperson said to CNBC “We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US. We’ll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere,”

Said a spokesperson: “We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that create barriers to bringing great talent to the U.S. We’ll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere.”

Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook CEO had already posted his thoughts even before an official ban from the white house, noting: “Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump. We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help.”

Reed Hastings – Netflix CEO stated “Trump’s actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all. Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe. A very sad week, and more to come with the lives of over 600,000 Dreamers here in a America under imminent threat. It is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity.”

Here is Tim Cook’s full letter to Apple Employees.

Team,

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.

I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.

There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday’s immigration order. Our HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with them, and Apple will do everything we can to support them. We’re providing resources on AppleWeb for anyone with questions or concerns about immigration policies. And we have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company.

As I’ve said many times, diversity makes our team stronger. And if there’s one thing I know about the people at Apple, it’s the depth of our empathy and support for one another. It’s as important now as it’s ever been, and it will not weaken one bit. I know I can count on all of you to make sure everyone at Apple feels welcome, respected and valued.

Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship. Our employees represent the finest talent in the world, and our team hails from every corner of the globe.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.”

Tim