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Apple Joins Nearly 100 U.S. Firms to File Legal Brief Opposing Trump's Immigration Ban

Apple has joined 96 other companies in filing a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

Other technology companies named in the amicus brief include Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Snap, Uber, Twitter, and Intel, with consumer goods companies like Levi Strauss and Chobani also named in the brief. Amazon wasn't listed, with the company's CEO Jeff Bezos already backing the original lawsuit brought by Washington state's attorney general that brought a temporary halt to the immigration ban on Friday.


The brief was filed late Sunday in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, highlighting the importance of immigrants to the economy and for society as a whole, and arguing the unlawfulness of the ban. According to the report, the filing of the brief was originally planned later this week, but the companies involved accelerated efforts over the weekend following other legal challenges to the order.

"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 fifty years," the brief stated. "Immigrants or their children founded more than 200 of the companies on the Fortune 500 list."
"Immigrants make many of the Nation's greatest discoveries, and create some of the country's most innovative and iconic companies. America has long recognized the importance of protecting ourselves against those who would do us harm. But it has done so while maintaining our fundamental commitment to welcoming immigrants — through increased background checks and other controls on people seeking to enter our country."
The brief comes in support of a lawsuit from Minnesota and Washington states, brought against Trump's controversial executive order temporarily barring citizens of the predominantly Muslim-countries Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, from entering the U.S.
"Of course, the federal government can and should implement targeted, appropriate adjustments to the nation's immigration system to enhance the Nation's security," the filing continued. "But a broad, open-ended ban - together with an indication that the ban could be expanded to other countries without notice - does not fit the goal of making the country more secure. Instead, it will undermine American interests."
The filing went on to criticize the Trump administration's handling of the travel ban, claiming that it sows confusion and threatens companies' ability to attract skilled workers in the long run.

Last week, Tim Cook said that Apple was considering its legal options as a way to pressure the Trump administration into rescinding the executive order. Reports later emerged that Apple was involved in collaborative efforts with other tech companies to draft a letter opposing Trump's order, but those discussions rapidly developed into the amicus filing, after Washington state's lawsuit on Friday. The amicus is currently being heard in the ninth circuit court of appeals, a federal court in San Francisco.

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7 weeks ago

If it weren't for immigrants like Einstein, Wigner, von Neumann, Szilard etc, the national language of the US could have been German.


You don't see the difference between importing high intellects and Jews from Europe, vs. importing millions of people from the world's most dysfunctional non-Western countries, where antisemitism, terror, violence, child marriages, and intolerance against free speech, gays, women, and any other religion than Islam is part of the dominant culture? Not to mention a lack of interest in working and contributing the their host country's economy and welfare system.

This is the kind of hypocrisy and political correct nonsense that made people vote for Trump in the first place.
Rating: 72 Votes
7 weeks ago
Silly move and symptomatic of Apple's exaggerated sense of its own importance. Trump had a good majority of americans agreeing with him so Apple is now telling most of its customers they are stupid.
Rating: 58 Votes
7 weeks ago
Apple itself wouldn't have happened without them. Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian immigrant fleeing political persecution.
Rating: 48 Votes
7 weeks ago


Apple has joined 96 other companies in filing a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, Bloomberg ('https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-06/twitter-netflix-to-file-brief-opposing-trump-immigration-order') reported on Monday.

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It's mind boggling that a temporary suspension of travel to the US from citizens of 7 countries is advertised as an "immigration ban". This kind of astonishingly barefaced lie is what got Trump elected to begin with, and they're still at it.
Rating: 36 Votes
7 weeks ago

Silly move and symptomatic of Apple's exaggerated sense of its own importance. Trump had a majority of americans agreeing with him so Apple is now telling most of its customers they are stupid.

Silly post
Rating: 33 Votes
7 weeks ago

The US, with Western friends, have destroyed islamic countries. This naturally fuelled hate. Adding the serious issues of islam result in a dangerous mix. It's a good thing to keep criminals out, but it's backwards.

What about the US seeks forgiveness and offer deep apologies to the millions of fellow people that are affected by their illegal wars?!


How is it that after an event like the Mosque shooting in Canada, millions of Christians around the world stand up and say they support and respect their Muslim brothers and denounce the attack. Yet when it's a Muslim extremist who drives a truck through a crowded Christmas market, the Muslim community is silent?
Rating: 23 Votes
7 weeks ago

What about the Muslims living in Europe, America, and Canada? Why are they also silent when terror attacks are carried out in their name?

They haven't been silent. You just haven't been listening.
Rating: 23 Votes
7 weeks ago

Silly move and symptomatic of Apple's exaggerated sense of its own importance. Trump had a good majority of americans agreeing with him so Apple is now telling most of its customers they are stupid.

Actually, it was not a majority of Americans agreeing - it was a minority. So you are wrong from the start. Apple is also not telling its customers they are stupid, it tells its customers that they have voted for someone who has no experience at being a president, but has the strong believe that everything he does is right. Because he says so. It's the truth. And that's a very bad combination for a president.

I would say that if Trump gets a few kicks in the backside just at the beginning of the presidency, when he does things that are (1) not thought through and (2) illegal, that can only help him. (Note that he has already a preliminary injunction against him, and the decision was made based on the fact that his actions are highly damaging for the states suing him, and that there is very strong reason on about seven different grounds that the final judgement will be against him). So Apple is very much helping make America great. Not grate.
Rating: 20 Votes
7 weeks ago

You missed the hyphen connecting those two sentences.


Not seeing your point. A very wealthy Syrian used his power and wealth to do his Doctorate in the US. While in the States, he met Jobs' mother and got her pregnant.

What does any of that have to do with the Syrian refugee crisis? Or are you being racist and saying any Syrian who visits America is the same thing? Did you just mention it because his father was Syrian and you're basically saying one Syrian is the same as any other?
Rating: 19 Votes
7 weeks ago

If it weren't for immigrants like Einstein, Wigner, von Neumann, Szilard etc, the national language of the US could have been German.


Yeah, those 4 Jewish people who were fleeing Nazi Europe did to a lot to save America. I'm not quite sure what that has to do with this topic though.
Rating: 18 Votes

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