More than 160 tech companies file brief against Donald Trump’s latest immigration ban

By : |April 20, 2017 0

Its 162 tech firms against Donald Trump.

Tech titans like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Apple, Microsoft, Snap and 150 other tech companies have filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the revised immigration order issued in March.

The brief claims the order violates USC 1152, which requires that “no person shall… be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence.”

“The order hinders the ability of American companies to attract talented employees, increases costs imposed on business, makes it more difficult for American firms to compete in the international marketplace and gives global enterprises a new, significant incentive to build operations — and hire new employees — outside the United States,” it further adds.

On March 6, the US president signed a new executive order imposing a 90-day ban on the entry of people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from March 16. But a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised travel ban just hours before it was due to come into effect on March 16.

The news comes a day after Trump signed another executive order, which changes H-1B visa policy that companies use to hire foreigners for high-skilled jobs. The order, named “Buy American, Hire American” – directs the four federal departments of labour, justice, homeland security and state to crack down on alleged “fraud and abuse” in the immigration system to protect American workers.

Trump also promised ‘greater scrutiny’ for companies that employ foreign workers instead of Americans.