As Trump’s executive order on immigrants came into effect on Friday, January 27th, Facebook’s CEO and founder, Mark Zuckerberg posted a message on his official page, criticizing the new President’s actions against Muslim nationals. However, he did so in a manner that would not offend the current administration’s decision.
The introduction talks about Zuckerberg’s origins and moves forward to express the Facebook founder’s concerns in regard to the executive order that bars immigrants from Muslin-majority countries from entering the United States for the next four months.
Like many other tech companies, with a special focus on Apple, immigrants are indispensable to Facebook. While Tim Cook declared he was against the new policy and offered his support by employing legal teams to work around the executive order and provide Apple employees with aid and support on immigration policies, Howard Schulz, Starbucks CEO and chairman announced the company is going to employ 10,000 refugees over the course of the next five years. Moreover, Schulz also said he was aiming to support Mexico’s coffee trade with the U.S. and provide eligible workers with health insurances if The Affordable Care Act passed under Obama administration falls under the new one.
In the meantime, however, Mark Zuckerberg kept his distance and only highlighted the differences between immigrants who enter the country with the sole purpose of hurting its citizens and an immigrant mother who is working legally to support her U.S. citizen children. Facebook’s CEO warned the current threat posed by Trump’s executive order will make millions of legal citizens to live in fear of deportation while diverting resources for vetting those who pose a real threat to Americans.
However, the executive order on immigrants is not the only document Trump has signed during his first week in office. The new President also signed orders to withhold money from cities that do not enforce immigration laws and another one that enforces the construction of a wall that would separate the U.S. from Mexico, as promised during the presidential campaign.
At the same time, however, an immigration advocacy group founded in part by Facebook’s CEO, Fwd.us, employed a more straightforward stance in response to the recent orders saying the policies break apart families, remove talents from within the country’s borders, and confuse the population into not being able to distinguish friend from foe.
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