Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are concerned with the latest executive order of U.S. President Donald Trump on immigration.
On Friday, Trump signed an executive action banning immigrants from seven Muslim countries including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Citizens of these countries would be prohibited from entering the United States for at least the next 90 days while the government determines the safe process of admitting visitors.
“I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. Don’t want them here. We only want to admit those who will support our country and love deeply our people,” said Trump.
The Customs and Border Control agency enforced the executive order immediately on Friday afternoon as directed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
In a memo to Google employees, Pichai wrote that he was concerned about the impact of Trump’s executive citing the fact that more than 100 staff are affected by it.
“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.”
In a separate statement, a Google spokesperson said, “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. We’ll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere.”
Google instructed some of its employees traveling abroad and trying to return to the United States to contact the company’s security, travel, and immigration teams for assistance, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Pichai said one Google employee returned immediately to the U.S. from a trip to New Zealand before Trump signed the executive order. Two others were struggling with how the action could affect their families. In a post on Facebook, Zuckerberg said he is concerned with the impact of Trump’s executive order restricting immigrants. He pointed out that the United States is a nation of immigrants. His great grandparents came from Austria, Germany, and Poland while his wife’s parents were refugees from China and Vietnam.
Zuckerberg wrote, “We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.”
He added that the U.S. government should keep its “doors open to refugees and those who need help.”
Zuckerberg also offered a conciliatory statement on the issue of immigration. He said he was glad to hear that President Trump is “going to work something out for Dreamers—immigrants who were brought to this country at a young age by their parents.
Former President Barck Obama implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows Dreamers to live and work legally in the United States.