Tech industry leaders are speaking out against President Donald Trump's executive order that temporarily blocks all refugees while denying citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen entry into the United States.
Google's CEO Sundar Pichai led the way, sending an internal memo to employees saying the company is "upset about the impact of this order,” and the restrictions it may place on “Googlers and their families." Pichai added that the order could ultimately prevent the company from bringing talent to the U.S.
Sergey Brin, a Google founder, joined a protest at San Francisco International Airport.
Netflix’s chief executive, Reed Hastings, said the order is "so un-American it pains us all."
Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 29, 2017
Airbnb's CEO Brian Chesky responded by offering free housing to refugees.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pointed to the fact that the U.S. is a nation of immigrants.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the company would provide legal advice to affected employees.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told employees he would bring up the immigration ban during his first business advisory group meeting with Trump.
"While every government has their own immigration controls, allowing people from all around the world to come here and make America their home has largely been the U.S.’s policy since its founding. That means this ban will impact many innocent people," Kalanick told USA Today.
Elon Musk responded, offering to bring up suggestions in his next meeting with Trump.
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who contributed $1.25 million to Trump's presidential campaign, responded to the order in a different way.
"Peter doesn't support a religious test, and the administration has not imposed one," Thiel's spokesman Jeremiah Hall said in a statement.