The new immigration ban imposed by Donald Trump is having an adverse effect on Google. The company has been forced to warn its American based staffers who may be traveling overseas right now to return to the U.S. immediately.
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President Trump last week issued an executive order prohibiting people from seven different Muslim nations located in the Middle East from entering the United States for the next 90 days. The immigration ban affects citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya.
Many Americans have been sharply critical of President Trump’s move. They feel that the immigration ban is based on nothing more than bigotry. While President Trump claims that he imposed it to prevent terrorists from entering the country, critics point out that nations such as Saudi Arabia — the country of origin for most of the 9/11 hijackers — were exempted from the immigration ban. And Mr. Trump just so happens to have business ties in the countries whose citizens were left off the new list.
And the immigration ban even applies to foreign citizens who already hold American residency status. These Green Card holders who are not citizens could also be denied entry to the United States. This has American companies like Google which employ them concerned.
Bloomberg News obtained a memo written by Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai. “It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues,” Pichai wrote. “We’ve always made our view on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so.”
“We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that create barriers to bringing great talent to the U.S.,” a Google spokeswoman said in a statement. “We’ll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere.”
For now, people worried about the new immigration ban can relax. The federal court for the Eastern District of New York issued an emergency stay halting deportations of immigrants from the nations included in the immigration ban. But this stay can be overturned by a higher court and it does not apply to the new policy of preventing said people from even entering the United States.