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Tech Companies File Legal Brief Opposing Trump’s Immigration Ban

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The tech community is taking a new step to oppose the executive order signed recently by President Donald Trump to suspend immigration to the United Sates from Muslim countries.

A number of large companies, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, eBay, Netflix, Intel, Twitter and Uber, are joining Washington state in its legal battle against the travel ban, which prevented citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for at least the next 90 days. A number of other companies such as Levi Strauss and Chobani are also on board.

Screen Shot 2017-02-06 at 10.34.34 AMThe immigration ban has been temporarily halted due to U.S. District Judge James Robart, who on Friday, ruled the ban be blocked in its entirety. The ruling came as a result of two state lawsuits —from Washington and Minnesota — that challenged the constitutionality of the president’s executive order.

Washington state’s latest brief, which is supported by the tech companies, says the ban “inflicts significant harm on American business innovation, and growth.”

“The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than 50 years,” the brief reads. “Immigrants or their children founded more than 200 of the companies on the Fortune 500 list.”

The Trump administration has not taken Robart’s ruling lying down, however, and pled its case with a federal appeals court on Saturday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco denied the White House’s request for an immediate stay of Robart’s restraining order and gave the government until the end of the day today to file new legal briefs explaining why the ban should be re-instated, Reuters is reporting.

Trump, took to Twitter to disparage Robart, who was appointed a federal judge by former president George W. Bush.

“The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned,” reads one of Trump’s numerous tweets. “When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot, come in & out, especially for reasons of safety & security – big trouble!”

The travel ban issue could be one that is fought out in the court for some time with both sides willing to do battle.

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  • Let me point out that the original imigrants did not come from any of the countries whose religion teaches to kill non moslums. In my opinion President Trump is only trying to protect me. It only takes one bad person to kill many, many people and those who protest might be among those who are killed.

  • Believe it or not, I guess you’ll be in the latter (but don’t take my word for it, do your own research), Islam is actually a peaceful religion. There are extremists everywhere you go – you only have to travel through the ‘religious belt’ in the Deep South to see that.