Tech Giants Target Trump's Travel Ban With Legal Brief

Google and several other tech giants based in the United States took President Trump's travel ban to court. On Sunday, the likes of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel, and Twitter filed a legal brief against Trump's recent executive order which suspended immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries. The document was filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and argued that the President's temporary ban negatively affects the American economy. In addition to the parties mentioned above, the brief was co-signed by almost 100 companies including Uber, Netflix, eBay, and Apple. While the document was mostly authored by the American tech giants, it was also signed by the likes of Chobani and Levi Strauss.

The controversial immigration ban is expected to be justified by the U.S. administration later today after a Seattle-based federal judged temporarily blocked the decision on Friday. The Trump Administration filed for an immediate stay shortly after the decision was made but that request was rejected by the San Francisco 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sunday. As the current U.S. administration is preparing to defend its request, the Silicon Valley is apparently adamant to put additional pressure on the system to ensure that the ban doesn't come back into effect again. The legal brief filed on Monday states that over 200 firms on the Fortune 500 list were founded by people who immigrated to the United States or their children, adding that President Trump's executive order hurts both innovation and economy in general. The Silicon Valley also argues that Trump's travel ban isn't in line with the traditional immigration policy of the U.S. that it claims was both fair and predictable for more than half a century.

The existence of this brief was initially revealed last Thursday. While the U.S. tech sector likely wouldn't experience negative long-term consequences if President Trump was allowed to suspend immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries for three months, the industry is presumably using this decision to form a broader opposition to the immigration policies of the new U.S. administration. President Trump already revealed that his controversial ban was imposed to allow the current administration enough time to draft a stricter visa vetting process. As the new system would likely hurt the Silicon Valley in the long term, tech giants in the country are adamant to start opposing President Trump's immigration policies sooner rather than later.

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