Twitter, Netflix & other tech bigwigs condemn Trump’s immigration ban in an amicus brief filing


Ever since the signing of an executive order to ban entry of immigrants to the United States, technology giants have been invested in voicing their concerns against this unjust decision. With regards to the same, Twitter, Netflix and others are planning to file an amicus brief with the federal appeals court, reports Bloomberg.

This development comes on the heels of recent oppositions against President Donald Trump by technology behemoths, who’ve extended a helping hand to those in need. The tech companies, including Google, Uber, Twitter, Microsoft, Lyft, and others have donated to non-profit law organizations in their own capacity. This brief is an opposition against the executive order that prevents refugees and immigrants from entering the U.S, if they belong to these seven Muslim-majority countries — Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan.

The brief filing, whose language was taking final shape earlier today, has reached the Ninth U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. It will see participation from more than just a handful of U.S tech bigwigs, who’ll oppose President Trump for his actions against immigrants. An amicus brief, for those unaware, is a legal document that is filed by non-litigants who have a strong interest in the subject matter. These are filed in appellate court cases and advise them on additional information which they might wish to consider.

The technology giants will collectively voice their views on the importance of immigrants in the development of their economy and society. They’ll highlight the contribution of immigrants towards the technology space, while also calling the order as discriminatory. According to a draft of the amicus brief, the companies plan to voice their words saying,

Immigrants make many of the Nation’s greatest discoveries and create some of the country’s most innovative and iconic companies.

For decades, stable U.S. immigration policy has embodied the principles that we are a people descended from immigrants, that we welcome new immigrants, and that we provide a home for refugees seeking protection.

At the same time, America has long recognized the importance of protecting ourselves against those who would do us harm. But it has done so while maintaining the fundamental commitment to welcoming immigrants — through increased background checks and other controls on people seeking to enter our country.

Further, Twitter and Lyft have already confirmed their participation in this amicus brief filing. Other tech companies who will reportedly be signing the brief include Square, Salesforce, Airbnb, Uber, AppNexus, and others. This collective plans to argue that the said executive order hurts the society as well as American businesses, which Trump plans to support with upcoming reforms.

Also, this development also comes after a District Judge had temporarily passed an order lifting the ban on immigrants signed by the Trump administration. This freed refugees and immigrants from the seven Muslim-majority countries who were stuck in their home countries or at the airport to step foot on U.S soil once again. Even the airlines started taking in passengers from these countries over the weekend. And the restrictions on this immigration ban were declined to be reinstated over the weekend, which infuriated the so-called President of the United States and he tweeted,

The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017


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