Since the executive order of banning refugees and immigrants was signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, the newly-inaugurated president received substantial criticism. Those who do not agree made it clear; just like the stand of Google on immigration ban.
Over the course of a few days since his inauguration, President Trump was able to sign a number of law executive orders. Most, if not all of them, are positively received by many.
Just recently, the business mogul signed the order for “extreme vetting” that would ban refugees and immigrants. This puts a stop to the US refugee program.
Additionally, citizens from many Muslim-majority countries, including those who have legal permits and visas, will not be allowed to enter the United States for at least 90 days. The countries Iran, Somalia, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Sudan are all affected.
Google Against Immigration Ban
As a response by Google on immigration ban, they created their biggest crisis campaign ever amounting to $4 million emergency fund to aid employees that will be affected by President Trump’s travel ban. In a statement to USA Today, Google made their views clear on the “issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere.”
Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a message disclosing the campaign that they are “upset” on immigration ban order and potential proposals that might impact “Googlers and their families.” He also added of the concern on the barriers created to “bringing great talent to the US.”
Pichai also said the ban affects 187 employees at the least from Google. Seeing the “personal cost” of the president’s executive order on their colleagues was “painful” for the tech giant CEO.
President Trump Fires Attorney General
Meanwhile, it appears not everyone in the federal government shares the same views with the president and his administration. And one woman took her stand – Sally Yates.
Yates is the Acting Attorney General who wrote a letter that she will not defend Trump’s executive order. Since it is the Justice Department’s responsibility to make sure the order was legal and because she does not think the order was lawful, she made the decision not to defend it.
In only a few hours, it was announced that Yates is fired from the department. In a statement posted on the Facebook profile of the POTUS, it read that Yates “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.” She was then immediately replaced by Dana Boente.
The events that unfolded since the release of the travel ban order, from the response of Google on immigration ban to the quick turn of events in the government, is surely a wake-up call for many citizens to be more aware and mindful of what is happening around them.