Super Bowl Sunday Was A Breakthrough Moment For Companies Opposing Trump

by MR Magazine Staff

As nationwide protests continue against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, corporate America, too, is finding its voice. On Sunday night leaders from 97 companies, the vast majority in the tech industry, filed an amicus brief in opposition to Trump’s immigration ban, calling his order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries “unlawful” and arguing it would inflict “substantial harm on American business, innovation, and growth.” The brief emphasizes the immigration laws and controls the U.S. already has in place, criticizes the haphazard rollout of the ban over the past week, and argues that Trump’s ban makes it harder for American companies to recruit and compete. “Immigrants make many of the nation’s greatest discoveries, and create some of the country’s most innovative and iconic companies,” the brief says. “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.” The near-unified opposition of Silicon Valley is the latest in a series of setbacks for the Trump White House. On Friday, a federal judge in Seattle lifted the travel ban temporarily, forcing the Department of Homeland Security to stop enforcing the order and to reverse the revocation of tens of thousands of otherwise valid visas. Despite the Trump administration’s protestations, and an attempt by the Justice Department to obtain a stay, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the government’s argument on Sunday, leaving the Seattle judge’s ruling in place. Read more at Vanity Fair.