Tech Companies Respond to Trump's Immigration Order

Episode 1359 (02:02)

Protests broke out at airports across the country in response to Trump's executive order to ban people from certain countries. The reaction from the tech community was loud as well. One of the founders of Google, Sergey Brin, went to San Francisco International Airport to protest. Google CEO Sundar Pichai made a statement as well, and nearly 200 Google employees were affected by this. Google is considering a recall of all employees currently outside of the country. Other tech companies responded equally to the ban.

Many of these tech companies are powered by employees from all over the world and a good many of them are affected by this ban. Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has been in DC, said that this isn't a policy Apple supports. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said they share the concerns about this executive order affecting their employees. Mark Zuckerberg is taking a little bit of heat for being somewhat tepid in his response, but he was one of the first to respond. He said that we need to keep the country safe, but we should also keep the doors open for refugees. He also said that had the US turned away refugees a few years ago, his wife Priscilla Chan wouldn't be here today. This is personal in Silicon Valley because so many people in the tech industry are immigrants and refugees.