Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Uber and other technology giants, along with an unidentified consumer goods and manufacturing company, are working on a letter to formally oppose U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban which has barred Syrian refuges and travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the country.

Having obtained a draft of the letter, Recode reports that parties from other industries will also sign on in their support of immigration into U.S.

Bloomberg independently reports that Amazon is one of the co-authors of the letter.

The companies involved in the initiative propose an alternative screening process that could replace the current suspension of America’s refugee programs without hampering their ability to recruit top talent from around the world.

Recode shared a copy of the draft, here it is in its entirety:

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.

While Tim Cook initially commented on Trump’s controversial executive order in a leaked memo to employees, folks who vehemently oppose the new administration’s measures insist that Cook be more vocal in challenging the travel ban.

Indeed, just a few short days later Apple’s chief executive sat down with The Wall Street Journal to hint that Apple is looking into legal options to oppose the immigration ban in case the Trump administration continues to refuse to rescind the order.

“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special,” Cook told the publication on Tuesday.

“We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”

Apple has not taken any legal steps to fight the order.

Source: Recode, Bloomberg

  • Not only tech companies, but all major contributors to the economy need to unite, because what this nut job trump is about to do defies all logic and all dignity. The wall of separation between church and state is at stake, along with all human rights that this wall preserves.

    • Bill

      Interesting take on the situation. I think we should completely and permanently remove the ability of the government to investigate anyone who wants to come to the US. Every person on the planet should be able to come here, regardless of their intentions. Yes anyone.

      ISIS, please come. We love you. Have some coloring books and ice cream while you’re here. We know you sometimes like to chop off peoples’ heads and rape babies, but that’s just your religious right to do so. We won’t interfere in that. We also know you ISIS guys really enjoy “having fun” with other men, and that’s cool too. You’re welcome here. Please, have my wife and daughter while you visit. It’s the least I can do.

      • AMB_07

        What’s that stuff you’re smoking? I think it’s starting to hurt your capabilities of reasoning.

      • Can you tells us who is inviting ISIS or letting “anyone” in? Our vetting process takes almost 2 years. The idea that the “bad” man would enter if he would have gone thru the channels is only accepted by people with absolutely no neurons left in their brains. How the hell could someone bypass our visa process in even a year, let alone a few weeks?

    • M_Hawke

      Wait–what in the world does the “wall” between church and state have ANYTHING to do with this story? Trump’s actions defies logic?!!! Logic states that if terrorists are entering the US, you do something about keeping them from coming in. THAT’S logic.

      • Really? and how many terrorist attacks have taken place in our soil from those countries? The recent terror attack in Quebec is from a Christian Fundamentalist. Should Canada ban US citizens? And why aren’t the countries that DO have a history of terror in our country banned?

        Yeah, logic is a bitch.

  • B.A.M.F.

    I dont see what the problem is…. its only a ban for 90 days… its for american safety after all…

    • Rupinder

      It can be renewed for another 90 days once these 90 are up… and how is it for safety when no person from those 7 countries has done any terror attacks on the U.S.?

  • Adan

    And this will do exactly feck all, because the stupid outnumber the sane in the US, and English is being replaced as the offcial language by Bullshit. #RiseOfTheStupid

    • SpideyRules

      That’s funny, cuz in SoCal, it’s being replaced by Spanish…

      • Rupinder

        If you don’t like it, move from there then? No ones forcing you to stay in SoCal.

      • SpideyRules

        I think what you meant was ‘If immigrants don’t like it, THEY should get out’. See this is A-MER-I-CA. We speak English here. THAT’S the standard.

      • Rupinder

        What immigrant is complaining about languages being replaced? The only one here complaining is the “wah wah wah crybaby”, which is you in this case. As you can see, the U.S. does not have an official language.

      • SpideyRules

        I love when someone uses Wiki as ‘facts’. Even better when they try to use the WRONG stats. Those are what languages ARE spoken, not what is federally designated as the national language. FAIL GENIUS

      • Rupinder

        Show me something that says that English is the official federal language of the United States.

      • SpideyRules

        Do your own research and show me when it changed genius. It’s not on me to dispute my facts. That’s on you Sparky.

      • Rupinder

        I’ve done my research, we’ve discussed this in many of my classes. I think that you know it’s not the official language and can’t find anything to say that it is, “Sparky”, so this is your BS excuse. I hope more immigrants move into your neighborhood to piss your sorry a** off

      • SpideyRules

        I’m sorry our public school system failed you. Probably because of all of the illegal immigrants us citizens are forced to pay for going through it.

      • Rupinder

        Private university, “Sparky”.

      • Rupinder

        It can’t change when the US never set an “official language”.

  • ListenUpGuys

    I don’t subscribe to an iPhone blog for a political commentary. It seems like every 6th post on here is news about Donald Trump. I have waaaaaay better sources to keep me informed about world politics.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      have you checked out the verge? lmao those sorry bunch all of a sudden makes hit pieces on trump ever since he started running for the election. they should’ve stayed out of politics. complete morons thinking they are such experts now. scary part is people actually take those information in at face value, without question.

      • Don’t forget android authority, xda Dev., the circuit, bgr, cultofmac and all others are writing about it as well. It is being mentioned here because Apple, Microsoft, Google and biggest technology giants uniting against something which is wrong.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Correction: uniting against something they *think* is wrong. It is how the media has spun their article to make their readers and viewers think it’s wrong. Already mentioned dozens of times during his election yet he got elected. Surely the other half of american agreed that this is NOT wrong.

    • nova12

      I second this. HARD.

  • SpideyRules

    Wah wah wah. All those Trump-crybabies out there. This country needs change, damn it, and policies need to be reevaluated. All Trump is doing is trying to cork the broken damn while immigration policies are reevaluated. Am I the only one that understands how policy change works??

    • Rupinder

      Reevaluated? What if this “reevaluation” leads to permanently banning all that are not U.S. Citizens from ever entering the country? Or banning ALL muslims from entering rather than the current 7 countries? Are you calling the protestors crybabies?

      • SpideyRules

        That’s exactly what I’m calling them. And I am of the mindset that to fix our immigration policies, we need to CLOSE our borders for a few years; time to reevaluate all of the policies and work on extraditing illegal immigrants andor grant levity to those already here.

      • Rupinder

        Good thing you aren’t the president. Closing the borders completely would impact many industries in a really bad way.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        I sure hope your are an expert in this field. Obama did this in 2011 for 6 months yet all was fine and dandy. Everyone has a voice, but only few has knowledge on the subject. End result: a divided america.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    “hey everyone, let’s get together and write a letter the president won’t even read” lmao this has made my day. to get the fastest response IS to take legal action. starting biting because barking isn’t going to work, apple and others.

  • M_Hawke

    Oh my goodness–this is not about denying immigration This is about proper vetting of immigrants for the safety and security of the nation. To keep us alive and not dead. “Common” sense is not so common anymore.