Apple CEO Tim Cook on Immigration Executive Order: 'It is Not a Policy We Support'

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook today sent an email to employees speaking out against the immigration executive order that United States President Donald Trump signed yesterday afternoon. In the letter, shared with MacRumors by an Apple employee, Cook says Trump's order is "not a policy we support."

    Cook goes on to say that Apple's HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with all Apple employees who are affected, and he says Apple has "reached out" to the White House to "explain the negative effect" on the company. Cook's full letter is below:
    Cook's letter addresses the immigration executive order signed by Trump on Friday, which suspends entry of all refugees to the United States for a total of 120 days, bans Syrian refugees for an indeterminate amount of time, and blocks citizens of seven countries (Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Syria, and Yemen) from entering the United States for 90 days. The order has left immigrants stranded at airports around the country and has sparked panic and outrage among tech companies with affected employees.

    The letter comes after Cook spent a week in Washington, where he met with Utah senator Orrin Hatch to discuss the economy and tech industry and had dinner with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. While Cook did not meet with President Trump during the trip, back in December, he and several other tech leaders like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk sat down with Trump to discuss a range of topics including trade and immigration.

    Though Apple has butted heads with Trump over the past few months after Trump suggested he would force the company to build its products in the United States instead of overseas, Cook explained to employees that he attended the summit to "influence these issues" because "being on the sideline" is not "a successful place to be."

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  2. usarioclave macrumors 65816

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    So, did he support the summary execution of foreign nationals via drone? How about US citizens?

    Why does Cook have to say anything at all? Is he going to make a statement about every Executive Order now?
     
  3. b0nd18t macrumors 6502

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    It was an email sent to employees who look to him for guidance and leadership. This action directly affects the company. Get it now?
     
  4. JPLC macrumors 6502

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    Just focus on your products Tim. No need to drag Apple into every political issue.
     
  5. jkcerda macrumors 6502

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    as opposed to the actions listed in post 2? shame democrats are only anti war & pro liberty when republicans are in power.
     
  6. garirry macrumors 68000

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    Why does Cook have to be publicly concerned about politics? It's not like it'll change Trump's ideas.
     
  7. Aldaris macrumors 65816

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    Perhaps he should resign and run for president. Apparently all you need is a phone and a pen a heather you are Obama or Trump.

    President Cook can SJW all he wants and be the source of leadership and guidance then.
     
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    it's a political issue that negatively hurts his employees which is probably why he's coming out against it.
     
  9. Porco macrumors 68030

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    First of all, he can say what he likes, because freedom of speech. Similar to your right to comment on MacRumors if you like (within forum rules).

    Also:

    "There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday's immigration order."

    Maybe you missed that bit.
     
  10. Aldaris macrumors 65816

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    Unless he's pulling a Trump and using the misdirection to hide what really is going on.
     
  11. appleisking macrumors 6502a

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    Why why is a temporary freeze on immigration to properly inspect the vetting process a problem? Cook should spend more time thinking about Apple's products.
     
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    You've completely missed the point.

    The executive order hurts some Apple employees, and Tim, being their boss, sent them an email saying "look, you are my employee and I support you and will try and help you".

    How does that make him a SJW? :S

    Also Obama has a law degree from harvard, which is a little more than just a phone and a pen.....
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    And less time thinking about his own employees????????

    lol?????
     
  13. jkcerda macrumors 6502

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    he should get a refund since he was the one who signed indefinite detention w/o trial into law.
     
  14. dominiongamma macrumors 6502a

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    I dare people not use Apple products anymore then if you don't want them political involve with anything. You don't run the company and they have every right to to be involve. Have a problem? Leave Apple then simple as that.
     
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    I agree, but also, shame republicans only care about the deficit when democrats in power.
     
  16. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Now THAT is a statement we should all support. Excluding others is as unAmerican as it is possible to get.
     
  17. Acidsplat macrumors regular

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    Because it's hurting Apple's employees.
    Apple is not the only tech company to be hurt by this.
     
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    and how he expanded state surveillance in the 11th hour of his presidency when nobody was paying attention
     
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    Everyone hating on this news needs to realize that Apple may have workers greatly affected by this executive order.
     
  20. jkcerda macrumors 6502

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    list of employees affected please.
     
  21. chumpy34 macrumors 6502

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    Why? Because there are now families ripped apart from this executive order from our racist and idiotic president. Permanent green card citizens who left on a trip overseas are now prevented from returning home to their families or have to go on a case-by-case basis. The horrors of this decision by Trump is so far-reaching and damaging. I am overjoyed that Tim and Apple stand up for these issues and I wish more companies had the balls to do so...
     
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    Exactly. Apple's product lineup has not been what it could be under his leadership. Or should I say bottom line ship. Tim is profit not product driven. And let's be honest Timmy, you care about your employees as much as you want us all to believe you do. I bit of hypocrisy here. But liberals are really good at that.
     
  23. Acidsplat macrumors regular

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    "There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday's immigration order."
    Did you even read Tim Cook's letter?
     
  24. iTom17 macrumors 6502a

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    I applaud President Trump's action. Not because I hate immigrants, but because I think it's important to find out who's actually coming into your country. If you let in every single person blindly, you're only putting your people at risk. And one of the primary jobs of the leader of a country, is to keep his people safe. And by signing this executive order, Trump (or at least those who are in charge of the nation's security) is given time to find out who they really are.

    It's controversial, I get that. Especially since America has been the country of the free etc. etc. And it's not something I would support all the time. Not at all, in fact. But if this can help the Trump administration to come up with ideas to make America safe again (or to speak for the liberals: to keep America safe), I believe it's the best way. It's only temporary after all..

    By the way, I do think green card holders should be allowed to enter the United States, because, well... it's a green card, right? Don't think he will, but Trump should definitely change the order to allow those people.

    Oh, this letter to me sounds a bit whiny, to be honest. Mr. Cook should focus on his products, not politics.
     
  25. Aldaris macrumors 65816

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    http://www.npr.org/2014/01/20/263766043/wielding-a-pen-and-a-phone-obama-goes-it-alone

    Thanks for playing.
     

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