97 Tech Companies Including Twitter, Netflix File Legal Brief Condemning Trump's Immigration Order

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The onslaught targeting President Trump's immigration executive order continued overnight, when virtually all US tech corporations, from Apple to Zynga, including Twitter, Netflix, Google, and Microsoft, banded together late on Sunday to file an "impassioned" brief condemning Trump's temporary immigration ban, arguing that it "inflicts significant harm on American business."

Trump meeting with tech CEOs

The amicus brief emphasizes the importance of immigrants in the economy and society. The companies originally planned to file the brief later this coming week, but accelerated efforts over the weekend after other legal challenges to the order. Participating companies in the brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, include Airbnb, eBay, Facebook, Google, Intel, Netflix, Snap and Uber. Companies beyond technology signed on as well, including Levi Strauss & Co. and yogurt maker Chobani LLC.  In all, some 97 firms signed onto the brief.

"Immigrants make many of the Nation’s greatest discoveries, and create some of the country’s most innovative and iconic companies," the brief states. “America has long recognized the importance of protecting ourselves against those who would do us harm. But it has done so while maintaining our fundamental commitment to welcoming immigrants—through increased background checks and other controls on people seeking to enter our country.”

Following a dramatic weekend, in which a Washington judged blocked Trump's travel ban nationwide, and the subsequent DOJ complaint was rejected by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Trump's temporary immigration ban faces crucial legal hurdles, but the court said it would reconsider the government's request after receiving more information.  Trump's administration has a deadline on Monday to justify the executive order temporarily barring immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries and the entry of refugees, after a federal judge in Seattle blocked it with a temporary restraining order on Friday.

"The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years," the brief stated. "The Order inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result," it added.

"Immigrants or their children founded more than 200 of the companies on the Fortune 500 list."

U.S. tech firms have been among the more vocal sectors speaking out against the policy, with many of its staff made up of foreign-born nationals. In addition to the amicus bried, several large tech companies, including Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc., are planning to sign an open letter to President Trump expressing concern about the immigration order and offering help fixing it and other policies.

As the fallout from Trump's exec order spread, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from Trump’s business advisory council last week after criticism from customers and drivers. His participation in the council, along with more than a dozen other U.S. executives, prompted blow-back on social media after the controversial executive order on immigration. It snowballed into a #DeleteUber campaign that benefited rival Lyft.

“Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and quite honestly to Uber’s,” Kalanick wrote in an e-mail to employees obtained by Bloomberg. “There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that. The executive order is hurting many people in communities all across America.”

Meanwhile, as Trump gets mired in litigation involving his executive orders, and focusing on deregulation, there continues to be virtually no further clarity on either Trump's economic policies or how they will be implemented, which over the weekend prompted Goldman to substantially sour on the likelihood of Trump being successful to provide a major economic boost in the near-term, and certainly not until mid-2018. Goldman also predicted that it is now virtually assured that the border adjustment tax will not make it into Trump's tax reform, removing a major pillar of support behind the rising dollar.

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SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Big Tech needs their foreign Slave Labor just as much as the next cotton t-shirt manufacturer.

NEVER forget that.

Croesus's picture

Oh well. They're run by Internationalists who have ZERO LOYALTY to this country. Fuck 'em.

Last I checked, food, shelter, and clothing are the only things we need; not Fartbook, ShatChat, and Crapple.

Let them spend some of their billions sending Americans to school.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Croesus Feb 6, 2017 7:19 AM

97 Tech Companies Demand Cheap Foreign Labor

San Francisco libs hate the tech companies, but surely will praise them now.

The unmasking of the phony left is a joy to behold.


J S Bach's picture

Where are all of these companys' legal briefs against the state of Israel?  That country doesn't allow ANY immigration outside its incestuous tribe.  Not a peep of outrage by anyone.  Hypocrisy everywhere.

lester1's picture



Act !!



Break them up. Even just a threat would shut them up real quick !!

JamesBond's picture

Time for Trump to go Thermoneuclear on Monday.



Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) lester1 Feb 6, 2017 8:14 AM

Those words keep Jeff Bezos up at night.

Trump is coming for him and he knows it.

In the 80s you could jump out of a plane, look around and know where you are you would see Cleveland Tile Company

now you just see Home Depot.

PT's picture

If the internet truly worked the way it was supposed to work then Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google and even Hotmail would not exist.  There is no reason for that shit to be centralized to that extent.

HopefulCynical's picture

Shut. H1-B. Down.

That is all.

MalteseFalcon's picture



Act !!"

You've got the wrong Sherman.

"The only good eco is a dead eco."

TwelveOhOne's picture

Or Sherman and Peabody, although watch your step for butterflies...

canisdirus's picture

I would love to see this.

Until their recruiters are calling me constantly and offering me twice what I'm making now (even after taking a new job making twice what I'm making now), there's no shortage of people available to fill those jobs. I know plenty of people newly in the industry that should have zero difficulty finding work, yet they encounter nothing but racism when they apply. Break them up and cut off their heroin (H1Bs), it's the only way.

cheech_wizard's picture

The interesting thing here is that with the passage of Obamacare, justice Roberts gutted the Commerce Clause in the process. So to those 97 tech companies, any legal argument you try to make is moot at this point.


Midas's picture

Another fun observation is the "liberals/progressives" are 100% in alignment with the billionaires.  They are suppossedly for the little man, speaking truth to power, anti-corporate scum, but are more than happy to take money from Buffett or Sauron.  You can't fix stupid.

MFL5591's picture

Who gives a shit what they like?  Fuck these liberals, this means nothing to the American people working for a living!

PT's picture

The cockroaches voluntarily came out from under the furniture into the light.  Now you can see them you will be able to stomp on them.

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

I think calling Jews "cockroaches" could be considered anti-semite...

PT's picture

I didn't say anything about Jews.  Perhaps the cockroaches are over-represented by Jews, I really don't know , but I have zero interest in allowing any crooks off the hook just because they are Gentiles.

11b40's picture

I like the way mindless statements are made that have no real meaning to the main point.  Here is one"

"Immigrants or their children founded more than 200 of the companies on the Fortune 500 list."

So what?  Immigrants or their children.  How many came from the 7 countries on the list for temporary increased scrutiny?  I will bet not one did.

konputa's picture

And not one of these shit bag companies came forward to decry the numerous undeclared wars in the MENA zone, spearheaded by the US, that are the primary driving force behind creating these refugees in the first place.

I watched the shit show that was the American Sportsball bowl last night and can't say that I was the least bit surprised that nearly every ad had a political spin. It was absurd and further solidified for me how completely out of touch and unsavvy these companies are. Hey dickheads, you know how much it costs a husband and wife to raise a single child and what that financial impact is for you versus the gay couple down the street that keeps a cat? Who spends potentially more money on your shit products? The refugee on public assistance or the working couple that are part of the productive class? There was at least one ad for every victimhood button of the current political dialog.

See this moronic Audi commercial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6u10YPk_34

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) konputa Feb 6, 2017 7:35 AM

That one was the worst, they are just reducing us to another minority.

Betting the demographics, making it come true when only they are hired.

No jobs for white men, it is time for them to start suing.

My friend 15 yrs ago had an interview with Nike, his father was early Nike walking around with the shoe box so this guy was family.

Because of that they told him the truth "Really we can't hire any white males now."

And this keeps the white birthrate low.

IndyPat's picture

84 Lumber was the worst.
I'll cut down my own trees before I'd ever again spend a penny on a fucking twig from that pack of assholes,

PT's picture

Taking responsibility for your actions and living within your means are being deliberately bred out of the gene pool.

new game's picture

full frontal lobotomy attack...

thank the spirits of mindcare that my defenses are in place.

BarkingCat's picture

I watched tbe commercial and first question that came to my mind was - how many women do you have working at your company??? What is the percentage of the workforce????


There is no difference in pay between men and women today. None. 

The difference they point to is due to statistical manipulation. 

Normal everyday jobs, the pay is the same when comparing like for like directly. 


There is however one place where that is not true - Hollywood.  The very leftist Hollywood from where all these sanctimonious leftist assholes lecture the rest of the nation.

ThanksChump's picture

Why would anyone think an actor - a professional liar and master of deception - makes a good spokesperson for anything?


This has always bugged me.

canisdirus's picture

Truth. Just because you work in the last remaining major sector of the economy that has massive gender-biased inequality doesn't mean it is widespread, let alone common. The difference is almost entirely in what women choose to do (majors and fields), followed by differences in experience/skills due to child bearing.

nmewn's picture

In essence thats exactly what Silicon Valley is saying.

lester1's picture

President Trump could easily shut them up by thretening to use the Sherman Anti-Trust Act and break them up !!

bobsmith5's picture

Fine let them have their slave labor as long as they come in legally and are not fucking muslim jihadi's.  Who do these fascist corportist fucks think they are?  And, what do they have in common with socialist leftist communist and sharia law?  I'm sick of corporations who support evil and are themselves evil as fuck and run by absolute morons.

NoPension's picture

A completely separate America. Complete with politicians, judges, business owners and a well indoctrinated peanut gallery.....

Who work harder than I've ever seen ....for people IN OTHER COUNTRIES!!!!

This....is the second most important reason I stand for Trump ( #1,SC), a willingness to work for NATIVE born Americans.

Are we not allowed to think of our own interests? Poor immigrants?
Here is a novel idea.....a government that works FOR its own people.

bh2's picture

These companies are arguing the US economy is threatened by a temporary ban on incoming migrants from 7 Muslim countries?

This argument is surreal. If the courts buy it, you can pretty well kiss off the US as a viable nation.


drendebe10's picture

Fukemall.  Atoopud fukn progressive liberal democraps are among the meanest nastiest hypocrite intolerant people on the face of the earth.

Agstacker's picture

"First they came for our H1B Visas, but I did not speak out because I was born here..."





Whoa Dammit's picture

If these companies can't compete without slave labor, they should go out of business. 

carlnpa's picture

The howl coming from these companies over H1B rule enforcement is going to be epic.

Lets start crowd funding for a couple things if congress won't pay for it.

1) Investigation into voter fraud

2) Investigation into H1B fraud

Trump - Go directly to the people in these two areas NOW, we will directly pay for it.  

Just ask us.

goober's picture

There is another easy and very effective way as well. Just requires group participation, but simply accomplished. Defeat PRAVDA/MSM and all of their advertisers and supporters. This is all they understand, money and loss of their control mechanisms. That is their power over all of us and it can be destroyed rather easily.


decon's picture

Forget big Tech companies needing illegal immigration, how about home construction, hotels, food service and agriculture etc.  These are the industries that have kept gov from enforcing immigration laws since the comprehensive rewrite in 1986.  I support Trump but if he pulls it off expect to pay more cause here comes inflation!!

IndyPat's picture

You already pay more for unemployed Americans and the welfare for the wetbacks that supplements the undercut illegal wage they receive, shithead.

Stop being a slave.

decon's picture

You're too optimistic besides being an asshole.

z80kid's picture

I'll expect to pay more for my goods, but less for unemployment and welfare. I'll also expect my wages to go up from increased demand once technology specialists are no longer a dime a dozen.

There was a time when we did quite well with little to no immigration. So why do people pretend that can't happen? 

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture


"I think there is a resurgence of anti-Semitism because at this point in time Europe has not yet learned how to be multicultural. And I think we are going to be part of the throes of that transformation, which must take place. Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and Jews will be resented because of our leading role. But without that leading role and without that transformation, Europe will not survive."

~ Barbara Lerner Spectre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFE0qAiofMQ

goober's picture

The very same people that created the many illusions we all live under here in USSA tody ! They are all part of the elite control freak mechanism of PRAVDA/MSM . Nothing new at all. Their empassioned brief is quite meaningless, except to those fools that actually believe what they call tech, is not a control mechansim. Those that worship at the alter of tech are by far the most seriously mind fucked and have no idea of it. And of course Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are the high priest's of the new religion.


Dirtnapper's picture

I see a counter blow of H1Bs coming in a few months with a slightly changed requirement or two.

Kidbuck's picture

Let these companies move to the muslim middle east if they are so fucking enarmored of mooslim men.

goober's picture

They love low wage Hindis as well as others. Too bad a bomb didn't go off in the room when they were all together mentally masturbating each other. Which is of course the extension of group mind fucking and reinforcement.

Navymugsy's picture

So much for these "amicus" briefs. None of these companies are friends of American tech workers.

BandGap's picture

But they saved some time making the list of cry-baby companies that have been gaming the system for years.

iinthesky's picture

That's true.. If they deny the POTUS the ability to halt the flow across the border that pretty much spells the end of any illusions on who is running the country