- Donald Trump orders ban on immigrants from seven Muslim majority nations.
- Mark Zuckerberg said his great grandparents came from Germany.
- Steve Jobs' biological father was a Syrian citizen named Abdul Fattah Jandali.
Trump recently ordered shutting the borders for immigrants from seven Muslim majority nations including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The orders restrict citizens of these nations from entering the US for the next 90 days, and Syrian refugees indefinitely. And, green card holders will be re-screened after visiting these countries.
This has led to an uproar as many citizens protested against the orders. Silicon Valley that celebrates immigrant contribution has lashed out at Trump's new policy.
To begin with, Google has around 187 employees affected by the order. In a letter to employees, Pichai criticised it saying, "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."
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg penned a post stating his concerns over the impact of the executive orders signed by Trump. "My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. Priscilla's parents were refugees from China and Vietnam. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that," he wrote. You can read the complete post here.
Apple CEO Tim Cook also condemned the orders saying, "It is not a policy we support." In a letter to employees (via Re/code), he wrote, "Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do."
This has also surfaced reports about Steve Jobs' biological father who was a Syrian citizen named Abdul Fattah Jandali. He moved to the US as a student in the 1950s. Reports claim that he and his partner Joanne Carole Schieble gave up Jobs for adoption after he was born.
"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," Cook further wrote in the letter.
Microsoft said about 76 employees are citizens of the countries affected by the new order. Microsoft chief Satya Nadella wrote in a LinkedIn post, "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."
Stewart Butterfield, Slack CEO condemned the immigration ban.
Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk also raised concerns over how America benefits from migrants and how this isn't the best way to address the country's challenges.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said he would talk to Trump about the immigration ban as he takes part in President Trump's first business advisory group meeting.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:48 PM IST