Apple and Others Pen Open Letter to Trump: 'We Are a Nation Made Stronger by Immigrants'

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Last night news broke that a collection of major technology companies, including Apple among them, were prepping an open letter to United States President Donald Trump as a means to voice opposition to the immigration executive order that he signed last Friday.

Today, a draft of the full letter has been shared online, and it goes into detail about the importance of immigrants in the U.S., mentions concern for how the order will affect employees with visas, and explains that the companies are prepared to lend a hand to help the Trump administration make logical and necessary changes if and when it is ready to accept the help (via Recode).


Along with Apple, other companies collaborating on the letter are said to include Facebook, Google, Uber, Microsoft, Stripe, and more. The technology companies drafting the letter are reportedly working to include non-tech companies as well, but as yet none have joined.

Recode obtained a draft of the letter:
Dear President Trump,

Since the country's birth, America has been the land of opportunity - welcoming newcomers and giving them the chance to build families, careers, and businesses in the United States. We are a nation made stronger by immigrants. As entrepreneurs and business leaders, our ability to grow our companies and create jobs depends on the contributions of immigrants from all backgrounds.

We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today's security needs and keeps our country safe. We are concerned, however, that your recent executive order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country's success. In a global economy, it is critical that we continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world. We welcome the changes your administration has made in recent days in how the Department of Homeland Security will implement the executive order, and we stand ready to help your administration identify other opportunities to ensure that our employees can travel with predictability and without undue delay.

Our nation's compassion is a part of what makes it exceptional, and we are committed to helping your administration identify approaches for thorough screening without a blanket suspension of admissions under the U.S. Refugee Admissions program. While security and vetting procedures can and should always be subject to continuous evaluation and improvement, a blanket suspension is not the right approach.

Similarly, we stand ready to identify ways of helping to achieve your stated goal of bringing clarity to the future of the 750,000 Dreamers in this country under the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in a way "that will make people happy and proud." Removing these protections by barring renewals would effectively end the program and eliminate the ability for these Dreamers to work and live without the fear of deportation.

The business community shares your commitment to growing the American economy and expanding job creation across the country. We hire both thousands of Americans and some of the most talented people from abroad, who work together to help our companies succeed and expand our overall employment. As you contemplate changes to the nation's complex and interconnected immigration policies, whether business and employment-based visas, refugees, or DACA, we hope that you will use us as a resource to help achieve immigration policies that both support the work of American businesses and reflect American values.
Trump's order banned Syrian refugees from entering the country, blocked citizens of seven countries (Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Syria, and Yemen) from entering the U.S. for 90 days, and suspended entry of all refugees entering the U.S. for 120 days. The bans left groups of immigrants stranded in airports around the country while also sparking protests and blowback from various tech companies, some of which are now included in the open letter.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said that "it is not a policy we support" in an internal letter sent to employees last weekend, explaining that the company had reached out to the White House to try to "explain the negative effect" the ban would have on Apple. Included in the potential negative reaction surrounding Apple and other tech companies is another Trump executive order, currently in the drafting stages, that centers around changes to various work-visa programs and could greatly affect how Apple hires tens of thousands of foreign workers each year.

For the immigration-related ban, Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that Apple is considering its legal options as a way to pressure the Trump administration into rescinding the executive order. Cook didn't give further details, but said Apple would be "productive" and "constructive" in its opposing response to the Trump order, which now includes a partnership with other tech companies and today's open letter.

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hlfway2anywhere

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We are a nation made stronger by skilled immigrants who are heavily screened and are truly needed. It's not made stronger by people who willingly break the law literally the very instant that they arrive.
Can you substaintiate this with more information? I'm looking the percentages or numbers of people who willingly break the law literally the very instant they arrive.
 

martint235

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We are a nation made stronger by skilled immigrants who are heavily screened and are truly needed. It's not made stronger by people who willingly break the law literally the very instant that they arrive.
This could be a kind of "What did the Romans ever do for us" but here's a few things (from a UK point of view, feeling may differ in the US) that immigrants have done:

  • Enhanced our culture just by adding extra diversity if nothing else
  • Kept the price of vegetables at a reasonable level. The wages demanded by young, unskilled "native" Britons in order to get them to do agricultural work would possibly double the price of a potato
  • Made shopping easier. I'm old enough to remember when all shops closed at 5pm (or noon on a Weds and Sat). This would probably have changed anyway but it changed quicker by the attitude of immigrants from the Indian subcontinent who felt they should be open when the customer wanted them open.
  • Provided a large part of the next generation. I want someone to be there to pay my pension :) . Although I have worked it out that all the people I need to pay my pension are now alive.
  • Brought new tastes and cuisine. In Britain we now know what a curry is actually meant to taste like rather than those weird 70s things that were called curry. We've also got Polish lager in our pubs.
That's just a few things.
 

TheRealTVGuy

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While I don't want to become to engrossed in political discussion on a technology forum, there is definitely work to be done on the work-visa program to prevent large companies, like The Walt Disney Company, from bringing in cheaper, foreign "contractors" and forcing out American workers.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/10/...ffs.html?_r=0&referer=https://www.google.com/

I don't really know why they need to, in Disney's case it's obvious people are willing to pay ever-increasing prices for theme park tickets, so why the need for cheaper labor?
 

TheRealTVGuy

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Apple, pay your taxes first. Walk the walk before you talk.
I believe they have legally paid everything they currently owe. Not their fault the laws allow them to hold resources off shore...

Drop the corporate tax rate and I'm sure they'll bring some additional dollars home. But when you're penalized for being successful, where's the encouragement to even try to work hard and succeed?
 

babaroga73

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Oh, 'This too shall pass ...' Trump sure doesn't waste time , giving new topics to think or rebel about every other day. I'm sure it isn't soo bad , the educated people will always find a way to emigrate to a better country. The rest of them, stay put.
 
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Someone just please explain how this wave of immigrants will make us a stronger nation?
Well the last 1000 waves of immigration did us no good, did they?
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There are too many people here now. We don't need nor can we support any more people irrespective of creed, color, race, sex, orientation, etc.
OK, you leave and we can let someone else in.
 

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We are a nation made stronger by skilled immigrants who are heavily screened and are truly needed. It's not made stronger by people who willingly break the law literally the very instant that they arrive.
Stupid post of the day.

So according to you humans are just objects, only their skills are important. I guess your ancestors (who probably came from europe) would disagree.
 
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