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Here’s A Complete List Of Tech Companies Opposing The Trump Immigration Ban

6 February 2017, 11:31 pm EST By Randell Suba Tech Times
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Silicon Valley loves immigrants, and tech companies stand united to fight President Donald J. Trump's immigration ban. What's happening now, and who signed the amicus brief?  ( Matt Cardy | Getty Images )

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, along with other leading technology companies and businesses, are taking a united legal stance against President Donald Trump's immigration ban.

On Sunday, 96 firms have filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, highlighting how the executive order affects their operations. Today, other companies such as HP, Tesla, Slack, and SpaceX signed the amicus, bringing the total number of signatories to 127.

Trump Immigration Order: Who Is Affected And How America Reacted

The Executive Order in question entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" was issued Jan. 27. The order temporarily barred entry of people from seven Muslim-majority nations into the United States and suspended the refugee program of the country. The 90-day ban targeted people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, and Yemen. The order also indicates that the bar could be lengthened and the list of countries could be expanded.

The immediate effect of the immigration ban was confusion at airports and ports as people who are usually granted entry were denied. Those who were in the country and wanted to travel can do so but were unsure if they can go back home.

Trump's travel ban encompasses temporary workers, students, business travelers, visitors, fiancés of U.S. citizens, immigrants, and refugees. Obviously, this cannot be covered by fingers and toes, as hundreds of thousands are affected.

So how did Americans react?

Thousands of Americans went to the streets to peacefully show their disdain on the immigration ban. Google workers walked out to protest, and business leaders such as Apple's Tim Cook issued statements to assert the importance of immigrants.

On Friday, Judge James Robart of a Federal District Court in Seattle issued an order blocking the executive order. The temporary block lifted the 90-day restriction on entry of refugees and citizens of predominantly Muslim countries.

There are also rulings in New York, Boston, and Virginia that questioned Trump's order.

The government must appeal or argue these orders. While the executive branch is entrusted to decide on who enters the country or not, there is also a law that forbids issuance of visa based on one's race, nationality, sex, or place of birth.

Ultimately, the debate will be at the Supreme Court. The highest court of the land should clear the gray areas and decide how much power should be granted to the executive branch when it comes to national security and immigration.

Silicon Valley vs. Trump

The legal brief [PDF] filed over the weekend is a concerted effort of tech companies and other businesses in the United States opposing Trump's immigration order.

"The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years -and the Order inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result," a portion of the amicus brief reads.

"The Order makes it more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world's best employees. It disrupts ongoing business operations. And it threatens companies' ability to attract talent, business, and investment to the United States," it states.

The 53-page document argues the unlawfulness of the executive order and highlights the contribution of immigrants to the economy and society as a whole.

"The tremendous impact of immigrants on America-and on American business - is not happenstance. People who choose to leave everything that is familiar and journey to an unknown land to make a new life necessarily are endowed with drive, creativity, determination -and just plain guts. The energy they bring to America is a key reason why the American economy has been the greatest engine of prosperity and innovation in history," the filing reads.

Below is the initial list of the signatories of the legal brief, and yes, you might end up wondering where the other major tech players are:

AdRoll
Aeris Communications
Airbnb
AltSchool
Ancestry.com
Appboy
Apple
AppNexus
Asana
Atlassian
Autodesk
Automattic
Box
Brightcove
Brit + Co
CareZone
Castlight Health
Checkr
Chobani
Citrix Systems
Cloudera
Cloudflare
Copia Institute
DocuSign
DoorDash
Dropbox
Dynatrace
eBay
Engine Advocacy
Etsy
Facebook
Fastly
Flipboard
Foursquare
Fuze
General Assembly
GitHub
Glassdoor
Google
GoPro
Harmonic
Hipmunk
Indiegogo
Intel
JAND d/b/a Warby Parker
Kargo
Kickstarter
KIND
Knotel
Levi Strauss & Co.
LinkedIn
Lithium Technologies
Lyft
Mapbox
Maplebear Inc. d/b/a Instacart
Marin Software
Medallia
Medium
Meetup
Microsoft
Motivate International
Mozilla
Netflix
Netgear
NewsCred
Patreon
PayPal Holdings
Pinterest
Quora
Reddit
Rocket Fuel
SaaStr
Salesforce
Scopely
Shutterstock
Snap
Spokeo
Spotify USA
Square
Squarespace
Strava
Stripe
SurveyMonkey
TaskRabbit
Tech:NYC
Thumbtack
Turn
Twilio
Twitter
Turn
Uber
Via Transportation
Wikimedia Foundation
Workday
Y Combinator Management LLC
Yelp Inc.
Zynga Inc.

Below is the list of additional companies that joined the amicus today:

Adobe Systems Incorporated
Affirm, Inc.
Ampush LLC
Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
Bungie, Inc.
Casper Sleep Inc.
Cavium, Inc.
Chegg, Inc.
ClassPass Inc.
Coursera
EquityZen Inc.
Evernote
Gusto
Handy Technologies, Inc.
HP Inc.
IAC/InterActiveCorp
Linden Lab
Managed By Q Inc.
MobileIron
New Relic, Inc.
Pandora Media, Inc.
Planet Labs Inc.
RPX Corporation
Shift Technologies, Inc.
Slack Technologies, Inc.
SpaceX
Tesla, Inc.
TripAdvisor, Inc.
Udacity, Inc.
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