In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s CEO said he is considering to take legal action against the President’s immigration executive order. He aims to pressure the current administration into rescinding the ban. The announcement comes only a short while after multiple companies, including tech-oriented ones like Microsoft and Facebook, voiced their concerns in regard to the executive order and declared their support in the fight against it.
Almost a week ago, President Donald J. Trump signed the immigration executive order, among others, that prohibits Syrian refugees to enter the United States for an indefinite amount of time, suspends entry of all refugees to the country for 120 days, and bans Muslim-nationals from 7 countries, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
Tim Cook officially addressed Apple employees via a letter on Sunday expressing his discontent with the Trump administration’s course of action and said legal teams together with the Human Resources department are working around the clock to offer full support to employees affected by the immigration executive order.
Hundreds of Apple employees have experienced the effects of the executive order first-hand, says Cook. Nevertheless, he assured them he is keeping in touch with White House officials on superior levels in an effort to make them rescind the order. In Tim Cook’s view, as well as many others’, the U.S. has been able to evolve so far mostly thanks to immigrants.
Amongst those affected by Trump’s immigration executive order, one Apple employee, in particular, fears her unborn baby will not be able to meet its future grandparents, as they have both Canadian as well as Iranian citizenship.
While Apple’s CEO refrained from elaborating further, he says he is considering to take legal action soon. However, he wishes to keep the company constructive and productive in its response. As a first step towards his goal, Tim Cook met with Orrin Hatch, Utah senator last week in Washington to discuss the future of the tech industry and economy in the light of recent events. He also met with Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband and one of the President’s closest advisors.
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