Google among companies not supporting travel ban


Trump’s signs the Travel Ban.

Garrett Nelson, Reporter

      The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, set a temporary ban of 90 days on immigration into the U.S. from seven countries in the Middle East. The seven countries are:  Iraq, Syria,Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. The ban has met a heavy amount of criticism from people around the world.

      Trump enforced the ban due to the grossly incompetent vetting system for people that want to come to the US. This system has made many people nervous that there are people who are coming into America with the hope of inflicting harm onto the citizens of this country. This has made them nervous and scared of immigrants. However, there are many people who are already in America that are not going to be able to have there family come see them in the U.S. due to this ban.

      The ban has met a large amount of backlash from those in the media. CEO’s of major companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, eBay, Netflix, Facebook, and Twitter all take a stand against the ban. Although the companies are risking backlash from customers that support Trump, they say that the push back is necessary for an industry that is severely dependent on thousands of highly skilled, and highly intelligent foreign workers.

      “Immigration and innovation go hand in hand,” said Carl Guardino, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s CEO. “This cuts so deeply into the bone and marrow of what fuels the innovation economy that very few CEO’s feel the luxury of sitting on the sidelines. So people are going to stand and speak up.”

      With a staggering number of about 58 percent of Silicon Valley’s engineers being born outside of the U.S., Guardino is worried about what other companies will be negatively impacted by the ban set by Trump. Granted that it is only set for 90 days, there are a large number of people in the U.S. that are worried about the impact of this ban. In the first weekend that the ban was in effect, 375 people were detained by the U.S. government. This ban blocks 4.9 million people from coming into the U.S.

      Trump says it is because, “you look at the migration, its young, strong men. We cannot take a chance that the people coming over here are going to be ISIS-affiliated.”

      Out of the 4.9 million people that are being blocked from the U.S., only 25.6 percent are men between 18 and 59 years of age. But, Trump’s ban could largely affect women and children. This is what angers the CEO’s of major companies and that is why they are voicing out against the ban that was set.