16 Business Leaders That Took a Stand on the Immigration Ban

January 31, 2017

11:20 am

Over the weekend, Donald Trump enacted an immigration ban that saw a number of US citizens detained at airports around the country. Almost immediately, protestors from Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and many more descended on ORD, LAX, SFO and every airport code you can think of in an effort to protest the immigration ban. And while those detained were released later than night, people from around the world have been making donations, volunteering, and making their feelings heard in more ways than we can count. So who were some of the loudest voices in the fight against the immigration ban? Tech titans and business leaders from some of the biggest tech companies in the world.

That’s right, CEOs, founders, and entrepreneurs from the likes of Google, Tesla, Apple, and dozens more have made impassioned posts, sizable donations, and divisive tweets to condemn the immigration ban in one form or another. If you’re wondering who specifically took a stand against the immigration ban (seriously, it was almost everybody), take a look below at some of the controversial content that it social media over the weekend:

Max Levchin, cofounder of PayPal

“We must not close our doors to refugees, and those willing to contribute to America’s success. I hope that our Congress and our Judiciary…recognize this executive order for the xenophobic assault on freedom that it is, and respond.”

January 28th post titled Reverse #MuslimBan

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple

“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.”

a company memo obtained by The Verge

Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb

Gary Shapiro, president of Consumer Technology Association

“Preventing the best and brightest from entering our country undercuts one of America’s competitive advantages. Immigrants are vital to our nation’s economic vitality – indeed, 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. While we will work with the administration to enhance our national security, we must do so in a way that does not undercut our unique economic dynamism and global moral leadership.”

– a CTA email received by Tech.Co

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook

“We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation. We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That’s who we are.”

– January 28th Facebook post on his personal page

Drew Houston, founder of Dropbox

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google

“We’re upset 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. It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues.”

a late January 27th company email

John Zimmer and Logan Green, cofounders of Lyft

“Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the US is antithetical to both Lyft’s and our nation’s core values. We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues.”

a January 29th blog post on the Lyft website. They’ve also set up a $1 million donation to the ACLU.

Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft

“We believe that immigration laws can and should protect the public without sacrificing people’s freedom of expression or religion. Microsoft will continue to advocate on this important topic.”

a company email and LinkedIn post from January 28th

Steve Case, cofounder of AOL

“The ban of refugees and documented immigrants based on religion or country of origin is antithetical to our principles, and raises serious constitutional questions. The law will prevent tens of thousands of refugees from even applying for entry. I agree we need to keep our country secure and Americans safe, but we must do so in a way that is true to our ideals.”

a Revolution blog post from January 30th

Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix

“Trump’s actions… 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.”

– a January 28th Facebook post on his personal page

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks

“In the face of recent events around the world, let me assure you that we will stay true to our values and do everything we can possibly do to support and invest in every partner’s well-being while taking the actions that are squarely within our ability to control. This is our focus: providing a Third Place of respite for those around the world who seek it, daily.”

a Starbucks newsroom post on January 29th

 Shantanu Naraven, CEO of Adobe.

“As an immigrant, US citizen and CEO, I am deeply concerned about the impact of the recent executive order restricting entry into the United States for nationals of seven countries.”

– an Adobe company email sent on January 29th

Bastian Lehmann, CEO of Postmates

“I no longer believe it to be reasonable to remain silent. The trade-off of these policies is obvious. In exchange for the guise of safety rooted in fear of those with different religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds we will be abandoning the diverse melting pot of culture and ideas that has made the United States prosper.”

a Postmates blog post from January 29th

Photo: Flickr / quinn norton

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at conor@tech.co.

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