Google Tells Offshore Staff To Return To The US After Trump Executive Order

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In the immediate aftermath of Trump's controversial executive order, prohibiting entry into the US of citizens from seven mostly-Muslim nations - Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya - yet which excludes such nations as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey in which Trump has done business deals...

... Google issued a stark warning to staff traveling overseas who may be impacted by Trump's new executive order on immigration: Get back to the U.S. now.

According to Bloomberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai slammed Trump’s move in a note to employees Friday, telling them that 187 Google employees are affected by the order.  

“We’re upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US,” Mr. Pichai said in the email. “It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues.”

"We’ve always made our view on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so." The memo follows a similar statement made on Friday by Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg in which he said he was “concerned” by Trump’s recent moves to restrict immigration.

Per the memo, some Google employees were traveling abroad and were trying to get back to the U.S. before the order took effect. The company asked them to reach out to Google’s security, travel, and immigration teams for assistance, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person asked not to be identified talking about internal company communications.

The employees in question normally work in the U.S. but just happened to be abroad either on work assignments or vacations. The concern is that even if Google staff have valid visas, they may still be at risk if they’re from one of the seven countries and they’re outside the U.S. when the order kicks in, the person also said.

 

One employee rushed back from a trip to New Zealand to make it into the U.S. before the order was signed, Google’s Pichai wrote in his memo.

"We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that create barriers to bringing great talent to the U.S.," a Google spokeswoman said in a statement. "We’ll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere."

The unexpected fallout and Google's comments "underscore a growing rift between the Trump administration and several large U.S. technology companies, which include many immigrants in their ranks and have lobbied for fewer immigration restrictions. Pichai’s note echoed similar statements from tech peers voicing concerns about the harm such policies could have on their businesses."

The Department of Homeland Security issued a directive on Friday afternoon ordering the Customs and Border Control agency to enforce the order, the New York Daily News reported. Late Friday, some green card and visa holders were already being blocked from boarding flights to the U.S., the newspaper said.

"We are advising our clients from those seven countries who have green cards or any type of H-1B visa not to travel outside the U.S." said Ava Benach, a partner at immigration law firm Benach Collopy LLP, while noting that the order takes effect immediately. “No one is really sure whether a green card holder from these seven countries can return to the U.S. now. It’s fairly clear that an H-1B visa holder can’t," Benach said. The H-1B lets U.S. companies employ graduate-level workers from other countries in technical occupations such as technology, engineering and science.

"If anyone in these situations has the misfortune to have gone abroad recently, it’s a treacherous moment, possibly for green card holders too," Benach said.

Other technology companies are likely in a similar situation, she added. In addition to Facebook, Microsoft inserted language in a securities filing on Thursday on the issue, cautioning investors that immigration restrictions "may inhibit our ability to adequately staff our research and development efforts."

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buzzsaw99's picture

because fuck you

y3maxx's picture

Azerbaijan?

What's in Azerbaijan?

Nemontel's picture

Muslims, more muslims. We don't need more adherents of the "religion of peace" invading our nations.

http://www.truthjustice.net/politics/dont-tread-on-dhimmi-the-alt-right-...

Croesus's picture

Billionaire leftist Jews are a bigger threat to Americans than anything the Muslims can offer.

Kotzbomber747's picture

"What's in Azerbaijan?"

Oil, gas + a very strategic location! Azerbaijan is one of the geopolitical pivot points described in "The Grand Chessboard" by Zbigniew Brzezinski. Furthermore, Baku (the capital city) has been going through a major real estate boom. Hence Trump's interest: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-15/trump-tower-in-azerba...

p.s. Typical of Trump's incompetence and extremely limited historical, geographical and cultural knowledge is that the biggest sponsor of terrorism, Saudi Arabia, is not on the ban list. Trump wants a wall on the border to Mexico, but lets all Saudi nationals into the US without a glitch, oh the irony...

p.p.s. Could it be a coincidence that Google is acting like a big politically correct crybaby because Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, is/was one of Hillary's biggest fanboys?

dark pools of soros's picture

Give Trump time. You know he makes his move when he has leverage. Saudi is going to get shoved back on the battle field for now. If they try to send terror agents that would give Trump the cards to invade their shithole country

CheapBastard's picture

If they are not terrorists they have nothing to worry about.

 

But it now becomes clear wny China banned Goolge/cia.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Google Tells Offshore Staff To Return To The US After Trump Executive Order

Google just proved my point……….again.

The only reason Google would say something like this, it’s because we, Americans, are highly indoctrinated people, meaning, easily manipulated by a totalitarian state.

If Google go to Italy and say that Italians should leave other nations, because their Italian government is trying to cleansing Italy of foreigners, Goggle couldn’t say that, because Google would kill the Italians immigrants of laughing.     

 

New_Meat's picture

Gurgle proves your point!

Exactly!!

evoila's picture

To leave Saudi Arabia off is a a slap on the face of every family member of a 9/11 victim and frankly every American. 

Rich Monk's picture

Israeli Jews carried out 9/11! Saudi is just the scapegoat for propaganda.

CorporateCongress's picture

And yet still they're a bunch of fundamentalist islamic terrorist. We can do without them

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) CorporateCongress Jan 28, 2017 12:08 PM

Seriously, why Iran?

Manthong's picture

 

“in which Trump has done business deals..”.

I was wondering why the land of the Yemen war criminals and the home of the head choppers was not on his list.

But I am confident any Saudi let in will be under intense scrutiny and surveillance.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Manthong Jan 28, 2017 12:24 PM

Pretty soon they should be forced by circumstances to admit that they are lying about their reserves.  Then it's all-in for a US Russian alliance.

Majestic12's picture

"Israeli Jews carried out 9/11! "

Ah...let us count the Jew's in Trump's garden...

Jew-boy Kushner son-in-law and now "Senior Advisor..

Trading loan guarantees for Team Goldman Sachs appointments
Steven Mnuchin, Stephen Bannon, Gary Cohn, Jay Clayton, Dina Powell, Erin Walsh ...

...and this is just a start...

Let's remember the Koch brothers and Sheldon Addelson bankrolled him...

But, the shit-kickin', Franken Corn eatin' geniuses here keep hootin' it up...

As if he (a fucking Scot- the other global Jews) is just a "good-ole' boy"!

Nunya Bidness Gogl's picture

Because they comitted the cardinal sin of selling their oil for something other than FRNs (a/k/a "dollars"). I'm afraid this is only the beginning of the latest phase of (((our))) aggressions against the soverign nation of Iran.

Majestic12's picture

"Israeli Jews carried out 9/11! "

Ah...let us count the Jew's in Trump's garden...

Jew-boy Kushner son-in-law and now "Senior Advisor..

Trading loan guarantees for Team Goldman Sachs appointments
Steven Mnuchin, Stephen Bannon, Gary Cohn, Jay Clayton, Dina Powell, Erin Walsh ...

...and this is just a start...

Let's remember the Koch brothers and Sheldon Addelson bankrolled him...

But, the shit-kickin', Franken Corn eatin' geniuses here keep hootin' it up...

As if he (a fucking Scot- the other global Jews) is just a "good-ole' boy"!

Majestic12's picture

"Israeli Jews carried out 9/11! "

Ah...let us count the Jew's in Trump's garden...

Jew-boy Kushner son-in-law and now "Senior Advisor..

Trading loan guarantees for Team Goldman Sachs appointments
Steven Mnuchin, Stephen Bannon, Gary Cohn, Jay Clayton, Dina Powell, Erin Walsh ...

...and this is just a start...

Let's remember the Koch brothers and Sheldon Addelson bankrolled him...

But, the shit-kickin', Franken Corn eatin' geniuses here keep hootin' it up...

As if he (a fucking Scot- the other global Jews) is just a "good-ole' boy"!

two hoots's picture

What is the interest of the internet giants in gaining world connectivity?  Money and power of course wihout any responsibility.  Unlike presidents, prime ministers and whatever you call the elected leaders of the world, who must make decisions that  benefit some, piss off some, kill and mame people, the Google, Facebook,++, software, hardware types are  influencial, rich and powerful without responsibility.  They benefit from access.  They benefit from knowing the minds and activity of the masses.  They benefit from inside information, information we thnk is secure and inside our circles....not.  This is a new danger and threat to all free people, or people who think they are free. 

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) two hoots Jan 28, 2017 10:56 AM

E-Verify and impose HEAVY fines for hiring an ILLEGAL!  Start the inspections at Google and FaceFuck.

 

Whoa Dammit's picture

Google just might have to hire some Americans (gasp) to work in America at their American company. Oh the horror!!!

ne14truth's picture

screw fines, take away their citizenship....it would instantly end.

Ducks's picture

yeah why not give Americans precedence to jobs in this country instead of hiring foreigners.  Wait, its still racist to hire white people, I forgot.

Nunya Bidness Gogl's picture

Been saying this for years and been called a tin foil hat for my trouble. It's the final step (the technology) TPTB have needed to make their Orwellian Oligharchical Collectivist one world government a reality. We are largely, in effect, already there, as TPTB clearly are not fazed by law, international boundaries, voting, or anything else (I hold out slight hope that I am wrong about Trump, I would love to be wrong, but I'm afraaid I'm not).

monoloco's picture

They're still radical Islamic head choppers.

Majestic12's picture

"Israeli Jews carried out 9/11! "

Ah...let us count the Jew's in Trump's garden...

Jew-boy Kushner son-in-law and now "Senior Advisor..

Trading loan guarantees for Team Goldman Sachs appointments
Steven Mnuchin, Stephen Bannon, Gary Cohn, Jay Clayton, Dina Powell, Erin Walsh ...

...and this is just a start...

Let's remember the Koch brothers and Sheldon Addelson bankrolled him...

But, the shit-kickin', Franken Corn eatin' geniuses here keep hootin' it up...

As if he (a fucking Scot- the other global Jews) is just a "good-ole' boy"!

sun tzu's picture

Saudi dictators and Israel are in bed with CIA. All are evil

CorporateCongress's picture

I have to agree. It should be turned into a pile of glass for all eternity.

general ambivalent's picture

"I will never, ever disappoint you." - The Golden Twatterist

evoila's picture

wow so many negative down votes for getting saudi arabia included on the list. their PR firms must be out in force on ZH today. 

Socratic Dog's picture

Bullshit Evoila.  9/11 was carried out by Israel and your own fucking government.  Grow a brain, this isn't HuffPo.

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

True dat.

Inside job. The deed and the mass cover-up. 

Dugald's picture

Keep sharpening stakes......

MisterMousePotato's picture

Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems to me that participation by Saudi Arabia and participation by Israel are not mutually exclusive.

Why do some seem to struggle entertaining the possibility that 911 could have been a group effort?

Nunya Bidness Gogl's picture

Because then that would be..... A CONSPIRACY!!!

DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNN

And we all know, only crazy people talk about things like that!

Remember, if I ask you, right now, hey want to go grab a beer? And you say yes, we've just hatched a conspiracy. Which is not nearly so outlandish as "they" make it seem, now, is it? :)

The Wizard's picture

Absolutely. In many regards I am a Trumpster fan, but this reaks of conflict of interest. Those nine eleven families are not the only reason to list Saudia Arabia. What's up with leaving Turkey and Egypt off the list.

Israel works hand in hand with the Saudis when it comes to creating terror organizations and creating false flags. They used Saudi towel heads as a front to create and continue a War on Terror. Trumpster is a big friend to Israel.

napper's picture

Not really. That honor belongs to Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, GW Bush, and the rogue elements of the intelligence establishmentS (incl. the Mossad, MI6, etc)

Majestic12's picture

"Israeli Jews carried out 9/11! "

Ah...let us count the Jew's in Trump's garden...

Jew-boy Kushner son-in-law and now "Senior Advisor..

Trading loan guarantees for Team Goldman Sachs appointments
Steven Mnuchin, Stephen Bannon, Gary Cohn, Jay Clayton, Dina Powell, Erin Walsh ...

...and this is just a start...

Let's remember the Koch brothers and Sheldon Addelson bankrolled him...

But, the shit-kickin', Franken Corn eatin' geniuses here keep hootin' it up...

As if he (a fucking Scot- the other global Jews) is just a "good-ole' boy"!

DeadFred's picture

How much longer do we have to wait before the DOJ files an antitrust suit against Google to break its back. I don't care how bigoted a private company is if I have realistic opportunities to use other services. .GOV made Google into the gorilla that it is, .GOV has a responsibility to slay the beast.

New_Meat's picture

Fred, there are other things that can/must happen along with antitrust.  Especially since we know that Cerji and the boyz have well noted ol' jay ed vacuum-cleaner's techniques of having doziers assembled for all and sundry people involved.  Tough to stand up to that.  But the current administation  is used to real world rough-and-tumble, and despite many here, I'd guess that they are not as politically tainted through certain proclivities that they may have evidenced for the all-seeing internet eye to capture.

If we suggest that .GOV IS the beast, as many do, then would it be a godzilla vs. king kong cage match to the death?

It has only been a week, a fast week for accomplishments for sure.  I think that there is some consolidation of the power base needed first including getting the second and third tier of political appointees into place.  Promary engagement is and I'd say will continue with the MSM. 

I'm amazed at the routine broad accuracy of the initial positioning that has come in the early morning hunnerd-n-foty charz mezgs.  We'll see the opening "negotiation".  If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, in every engagement you will be in peril.

- Ned

Nunya Bidness Gogl's picture

> not understanding that TPTB / CIA created Google to spy on us.

Even if you don't believe that, it's not hard to see how they would benefit from unfettered access.

Keyser's picture

Sounds like an admission of guilt to me... Google knowingly hired illegal aliens and has the gall to tell them to come back to the US before the borders get closed... If their employees have visas there should be no problem, regardless of what country they are working in...

847328_3527's picture

Pichal seemed to forget to mention "how painful" it is to see people killed by terrorists from these countries. he needs to get out more and broaden his reading as well, so he can inform himself on muslim massacres in Orlando, San Bernardino, etc.

 

two hoots's picture

They have ways to get them back in.  Private jets, small airports, yachts, containers, plenty of money, no problem, they are resourceful.

land_of_the_few's picture

Hanging under axles of trucks, in aircraft landing gear bays :D

Ducks's picture

parachutes into a google compound.