Businesses react to Trump's travel ban

After President Donald Trump signed an executive action to indefinitely bar Syrian refugees, temporarily ban the entry of all other refugees, and temporarily block the citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, some companies reacted swiftly to show their opposition to the policy, while another got itself into hot water over a tweet.See various companies' reactions to the news:...

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After President Donald Trump signed an executive action to indefinitely bar Syrian refugees, temporarily ban the entry of all other refugees, and temporarily block the citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, some companies reacted swiftly to show their opposition to the policy, while another got itself into hot water over a tweet.

See various companies' reactions to the news:


Starbucks' chairman and CEO Howard Schultz wrote in a letter to employees that the coffee chain would hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, starting in the U.S. in hiring immigrants "who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel," according to Reuters.


Google has created a crisis fund that could raise up to $4 million for four immigrant rights organizations. Google has confirmed a USA Today report that it is funding an initial $2 million for the fund that can be matched with up to $2 million in donations from employees. The money will go toward the American Civil Liberties Union, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the International Rescue Committee and the UN Refugee Agency.


Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky tweeted an offer of free housing to detainees and travelers who are not allowed into the U.S. due to the new restrictions. He also tweeted "Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected."



Uber was criticized for charging less than it could at JFK Airport in New York City as taxi drivers had halted service for an hour on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, to protest the travel ban. The move was perceived by some on social media as an effort to profit off the protests as more passengers would need to seek alternatives to cabs. But the company said on Twitter that it had not "meant to break the strike."
CEO Travis Kalanick said in a Facebook post that the 90-day ban could hurt "thousands" of Uber drivers and that he will raise his concerns directly with the president during a Friday business advisory group meeting in Washington, D.C.
On Sunday, Kalanick said he was emailing Uber drivers telling them that he would "urge the government to reinstate the right of U.S. residents to travel -- whatever their country of origin -- immediately."
Twitter users are encouraging riders to #DeleteUber.


Another ride-sharing service, Lyft, issued a statement with co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green writing in a blog post: "This weekend, Trump closed the country's borders to refugees, immigrants, and even documented residents from around the world based on their country of origin. Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft's and our nation's core values. We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community." They also announced a $1 million donation to the ACLU over the next four years.


Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote on his personal Facebook page that "Trump's actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all. ... A very sad week, and more to come with the lives of over 600,000 Dreamers here in a America under imminent threat. It is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity."


Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in an e-mail to employees, which BuzzFeed obtained, that "Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do." Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian immigrant.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on his Facebook account, "Like many of you, I'm concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump. ... We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don't pose a threat will live in fear of deportation."


The computer giant's president and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, sent an e-mail to employees saying 76 employees were impacted by the ban, and according to CEO's Satya Nadella's LinkedIn post, Smith wrote: "As a company, Microsoft believes in a strong and balanced high-skilled immigration system. ... We believe that immigration laws can and should protect the public without sacrificing people's freedom of expression or religion. And we believe in the importance of protecting legitimate and law-abiding refugees whose very lives may be at stake in immigration proceedings."


Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that "The blanket entry ban on citizens from certain primarily Muslim countries is not the best way to address the country's challenges ... many people negatively affected by this policy are strong supporters of the US. They've done right, not wrong & don't deserve to be rejected."

Goldman Sachs

In a memo to employees that was reported by Business Insider, JPMorgan's operating committee wrote in part, "With more than 140,000 employees in the United States alone, we are grateful for the hard work and sacrifices made to keep our country safe. At the same time, we understand that our country, economy and wellbeing are strengthened by the rich diversity of the world around us, where we are dedicated to serving customers and communities in more than 100 countries every day."


Twitter posted a tweet simply saying, "Twitter is built by immigrants of all religions. We stand for and with them, always." CEO Jack Dorsey also tweeted on his personal account, "The Executive Order is wrong," along with an anti-ban tweet from Georgia Rep. John Lewis.


According to The Verge, Amazon's vice president of human resources, Beth Galetti, sent an e-mail to employees saying, "From the very beginning, Amazon has been committed to equal rights, tolerance and diversity -- and we always will be. As we've grown the company, we've worked hard to attract talented people from all over the world, and we believe this is one of the things that makes Amazon great -- a diverse workforce helps us build better products for customers."


Chad Dickerson, CEO of e-commerce site Etsy, tweeted, "We are a nation of immigrants, and are stronger for it. I oppose excluding people from US based on their nationality or religion, period."

Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston tweeted, "Executive orders affecting world's most vulnerable are un-American. Dropbox embraces people from all countries and faiths."


TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer wrote on Twitter that "We need to do more, not less, to help refugees. Trumps action was wrong on humanitarian grounds, legal grounds, and won't make us 'safer.'"


LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner tweeted "40% of Fortune 500 founded by immigrants or their children. All ethnicities should have access to opportunity -- founding principle of U.S."


Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman tweeted it was a "Sad day for USA" while quoting Box CEO's Aaron Levie's tweet calling the ban "wrong."


Citi CEO Michael Corbat sent out a memo about the ban to the bank's employees, according to Business Insider. The memo read in part, "We are concerned about the message the executive order sends ... We encourage the leaders of the United States to find the right balance between protecting the country and its longstanding role as an open and welcoming society," according to the publication.


Ford CEO Mark Fields told Business Insider in an interview, "Core to our values are respect for people. And all of our policies, including our human-resource policies, support a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we don't support policies that are counter to our values."


Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent e-mailed to Bloomberg a statement saying, "Coca-Cola Co. is resolute in its commitment to diversity, fairness and inclusion, and we do not support this travel ban or any policy that is contrary to our core values and beliefs."


In a memo to IBM employees that was shared with Fortune, Diane Gherson, IBM senior vice president of human resources, wrote: "As IBMers, we have learned, through era after era, that the path forward -- for innovation, for prosperity, and for civil society -- is the path of engagement and openness to the world. Our company will continue to work and advocate for this."

American Airlines

According to Bloomberg, American Airlines CEO Doug Parker sent a letter to employees reading "Crews, reservations agents and airport teams have witnessed turmoil in our airports that shows how divisive this order can be," then adding, "It is the current law of the U.S., and so long as that is the case, we must comply."

Bank of America

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan wrote on the ban that "As a global company, we depend upon the diverse sources of talent that our teammates represent. In view of this, we are closely monitoring the recent refugee- and immigration-related executive order in the United States, and subsequent developments," according to Business Insider

Wells Fargo

Hope Hardison, chief administrative officer for Wells Fargo, wrote a memo reading "While we are still assessing what this change means for Wells Fargo, we know that it may have deeply personal implications for team members who may have friends or family affected by it. ... As always, Wells Fargo is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion where our team members are encouraged to value and respect others for their differences," according to Business Insider.


Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, in an internal memo obtained by CNN, wrote, "This is very personal for me. ... As an immigrant who came to this country looking for opportunity, it's very difficult to think about and imagine what millions of people around the world must be feeling right now. ... America has always been a symbol of hope, tolerance and diversity -- and these are values we must work very hard to uphold."