Tech giants have condemned Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. But Apple and Amazon have gone one step further, pledging the full legal resources to fight the travel ban instituted by Donald Trump.
In an email to employees sent on Monday afternoon, Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said that his company will put its legal and lobbying efforts behind the fight against the ban, The Guardian reported.
An excerpt from Bezos’s email published by Recode, the Amazon head details some of the company’s intended actions: “We reached out to congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to explore legislative options. Our legal team has prepared a declaration of support for the Washington state attorney general who will be filing suit against the order. We are working other legal options as well.”
Bezos’s statement to Amazon employees is the second from Amazon since Trump’s ban was announced. On Saturday, the company released a less forceful statement declaring that “from the very beginning, Amazon has been committed to equal rights, tolerance and diversity – and we always will be.”
Now Apple is also joining the fight. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly railed against the executive order on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.
“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special,” he said. “We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”
Cook said that the company is considering taking unspecified legal action against the controversial ban, according to Business Insider.
The executive said that he is talking to “very, very senior people in the White House” about the ban.
“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,” Cook said.
“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.”
Much of technology industry is heavily opposed to the ban, with companies ranging from Google to Airbnb speaking out against it and pledging support to those affected.
“Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. Netflix CEO Reed Hasting called the order “so un-American it pains us all.” Google said at least 187 employees were affected by the ban.
According to the report, Microsoft is also working on a strong response to the controversial immigration order.