Trump's hardline executive order, signed Friday, suspends the arrival of refugees for at least 120 days, and for the next three months bars visas for travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Google has reportedly recalled travelling staff members to the U.S. after Donald Trump's executive order restricting entry for nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries.
As the controversy unfolded, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and others issued a raft of mostly internal statements (shared to social media) expressing concern for their employees, affirmations of American values, and travel advice - yes, travel advice.
"We're concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the United States", Google said. "We'll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere".
"We are advising our clients from those seven countries who have green cards or any type of H-1B visa not to travel outside the U.S". As it is, the e-mail is significantly more outspoken than many of those rotated through other companies and clearly outlines Apple's stance - which is all for immigration. He said he was upset about the affect of this order. "It is not a policy we support", he relayed.
"I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America", Trump said according to CNN, during the signing at the Pentagon after Defense Secretary James Mattis was sworn in.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, also spoke out against Trump's action, although in a less direct way, taking to his personal Facebook page to remind his millions of followers that his wife, pediatrician and philanthropist Priscilla Chan, is the daughter of refugees. Tech industry power players who sought to flourish under Trump by bending his ear should recognize this, and realize that this is not a situation where their muted response to his unsafe policy decisions can be excused by any potential favor they hope to curry for their larger goals. He added he would voice his concerns on Friday, at Trump's first business advisory group meeting. "We will also do everything we can to ensure that IBMers with affected families are supported and receive the assistance they need". "And we believe in the importance of protecting legitimate and law-abiding refugees whose very lives may be at stake in immigration proceedings".
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen addressed the impact of immigration and globalization on the tech industry in an interview on CNN in September, prior to Trump's election.
EBay founder Pierre Omidyar, whose parents are Iranian, also slammed the order as "simple bigotry" while Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted that "many people negatively affected by this policy are strong supporters of the US" who don't "deserve to be rejected".