Donald Trump continues to be in the eye of the storm, following his Executive Order that temporarily halted the re-entry of immigrants to the United States. Apple CEO Tim Cook said it is not a policy the company supports.
The iPhone maker is reportedly pursuing legal options after speaking out against the immigration ban. The ban has created much confusion and sparked negative sentiments that reverberated in the scientific and business communities as well as other sectors.
“Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do,” the Apple CEO stated. It will be noted that even the late Apple founder Steve Jobs was an immigrant.
Computer scientist Matt Blaze tweeted, “Turning away people who have green cards & visas – who’ve moved their lives here – is indefensibly cruel. They ARE the American dream.” An online follower tweeted back that Trump is “the American dream’s wake-up call.”
Exhausting the Means to Get the Order Repealed
In December, technology titans met with President Trump, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and their transition team, and the main agenda were job creation and economic growth. Tim Cook was also reported to have had a dinner meeting with Ivanka Trump and her billionaire husband Jared Kushner.
With Cook during that dinner was Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson. The American CEO also disclosed that he has been getting in touch with “very, very senior people in the White House” to try to coax them to repeal the order.
In his memo to employees, Cook expressed that the iPhone maker is “open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship.” He added that the company has provided resources on AppleWeb to address questions or concerns about immigration policies.
The Upsetting Reality
Referring to the protests from various tech companies against the ban on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, Cook quoted Dr. Martin Luther King: “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.” Donald Trump’s Executive Order, many believe, has a profound humanitarian and economic impact that is real and upsetting.
Some of the technology chiefs who have expressed protest over the immigration ban had thought Trump would change once he occupied the Oval Office. Campaign rhetoric, after all, is not the same as Presidential action. Sadly, policies that gloss over people – notably refugees and immigrants who have helped spur the American economy through their jobs on American soil – continued to be enforced.