Top US Technology Companies Join Forces against Trump’s Travel Ban

World - Pavan Pandey - Feb 07,2017

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top us technology companies join forces against trump travel ban

More than 100 corporations, including most of the high-tech’s leading names, united a legal brief opposing US President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban.

On Sunday, a total of 127 companies – including Apple Inc., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Twitter Inc., Intel Corporation and Netflix Inc. – lined together to file a “friend-of-the-court” brief with the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Technology companies argued that the administrative order temporarily banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations and all immigrants, imposes significant harm on US business.

Two more US technology companies, Tesla Inc. and SpaceX were among others signing onto the brief and rising the number of cosigners to 127.

Both of these companies are founded by Elon Musk; he is among the few tech executives on Trump’s business advisory panel. He has been forced to defend his involvement in recent days, particularly since the chief executive officer of Uber Technologies Inc., Travis Kalanick, quit the group on Thursday following the ban.

Nearly all the companies that signed on in support are tech corporations. The few exceptions companies include yogurt producer Chobani, fashion brand Levi Strauss and snack maker Kind. All three companies were founded by refugees.

The motion was filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which on Sunday morning denied the United States govt.'s emergency request to resume Trump's temporary travel ban. The appeals court has asked for both sides to file lawful briefs before it makes the last judgment.

The lawsuit in question was filed by the attorneys general of Minnesota and Washington State. The motion from the tech corporations seeks authorization to file what's recognized as an amicus ("friend of the court") brief in the case.

The new Republican Party president's administrative order generated protests and chaos at the United States and overseas airports in the weekend that followed. Donald Trump has defended the travel ban as essential to certify tougher vetting of people coming into the US and better guard the nation from the risk of terror attacks.