Silicon Valley Tech Companies Argue in Court Against Immigration Ban

Stepping up their fight against the president’s immigration ban, some of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies — Apple, Google, Facebook and others — have filed a legal brief claiming the executive order “inflicts significant harm on American businesses.”

“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 — and the Order inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result,” according to the Sunday filing, which was signed by nearly 100 companies. “The Order makes it more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees. It disrupts ongoing business operations. And it threatens companies’ ability to attract talent, business, and investment to the United States.”

The immigration ban President Donald Trump signed last month, which barred citizens of Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Syria from entering the country for 90 days, is on hold following an order from a federal judge in Seattle. The administration has appealed that order and now is gearing up for what is likely to be a contentious fight in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Many Silicon Valley tech executives spoke out against the ban last week in tweets, blog posts and letters to their employees. In filing the brief, they took their opposition one step further by jumping into the legal battle.