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.

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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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Mac32 Avatar
96 months 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.
Score: 72 Votes (Like | Disagree)
diipii Avatar
96 months 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.
Score: 58 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Telos101 Avatar
96 months ago
Apple itself wouldn't have happened without them. Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian immigrant fleeing political persecution.
Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)
symphara Avatar
96 months 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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Article Link: Apple Joins Nearly 100 U.S. Firms to File Legal Brief Opposing Trump's Immigration Ban ('https://www.macrumors.com/2017/02/06/apple-100-firms-legal-brief-oppose-immigration-ban/')
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.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fitshaced Avatar
96 months 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
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AdonisSMU Avatar
96 months 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.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)