Tech companies’ letter urges Trump to ease travel ban: Sources

With the American economy being technologically driven, Donald Trump’s travel ban has perhaps the right intent of securing America but the manner in which it is going about implementing its objective could drive up costs and create more animosity than goodwill.

According to multiple sources familiar with the matter at hand, several tech companies plan on sending a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump today urging his administration to follow through on some proposed changes to a travel ban imposed on many nations.

“We welcome the changes your administration has made in recent days in how the Department of Homeland Security will implement the Executive Order,” reads a draft copy of the letter.

The tech companies that are likely to sign the letter includes, Apple Inc, Twitter Inc, Microsoft Corp, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google, and Yahoo Inc.

The sources preferred the cover of anonymity since the discussions regarding the letter is ongoing.

This development comes in the wake of Trump imposing a 90-day travel ban, through an executive order, on citizens of the following countries, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. He has also imposed a 120 travel ban on all refugees coming to the U.S.

The travel ban has caused chaos since many travellers have got trapped at airports and have become stranded overseas.

However, the Trump’s travel ban was temporarily lifted by the orders of a federal judge which attracted some severe criticism from the Republican president trashing the U.S. court system as well as the judge.

“We stand ready to help your administration identify other opportunities to ensure that our employees can travel with predictability and without undue delay,” reads the letter of the tech companies.

Incidentally, many of them have had a frosty relationship with the Trump administration ever since he came into prominence with this presidential campaign.

“We are concerned … that your recent Executive Order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success … our ability to grow our companies and create jobs depends on the contributions of immigrants from all backgrounds,” reads the letter.

Tech companies, including Expedia Inc and have come out strongly in support of the Washington judge.


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