Donald Trump immigration ban faces US Inc fightback but split showing as Tesla chief Elon Musk missing on war front alongside Apple, Google, Facebook

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New Delhi | Published: February 9, 2017 4:53:04 AM

Industry, particularly tech, takes on Trump and puts its weight behind challenging immigration ban

US president Donald Trump (AP)US president Donald Trump (AP)

Now that Google, Apple and Facebook—along with 94 other American companies—have added their heft to the legal challenge to US president Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations, it brings the Trump regime that is relying on industry to create more jobs for Americans and the companies most of which have thrived by creating space for immigrant talent to an open confrontation. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, in San Francisco, is hearing the government’s appeal against the temporary ban a federal judge in Washington state placed on the executive order, and the companies’ legal brief is expected to carry some weight in the matter. Washington, Minnesota and many others states are hoping that the ban is upheld by the appeals court as they work on their own lawsuits against the government order, given the matter will eventually end at the door of the US Supreme Court.

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The likes of Uber-founder Travis Kalanick (of Czech and Austrian descent), Soviet-born American and Google co-founder Sergey Brin and others making an impassioned case for allowing immigrants could help bridge the sharp divides in the American population over immigration. Enterprise in America has embraced immigrant talent—from YouTube co-founders Jawed Karim (of Bangladeshi-German origin who migrated to the US in 1992) and Taiwan-born Steven Chen to Indian-origin Google CEO Sundar Pichai, immigrants have crafted success stories as industry leaders, especially in tech, and job creators. So, it is also curious that Tesla, founded by Elon Musk (South Africa-born Canadian American), wasn’t a co-signatory to the brief.

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