Published: Wed, February 01, 2017
Technology | By Ramiro Moody

Jeff Bezos backs Washington state attorney general's Trump lawsuit

Jeff Bezos backs Washington state attorney general's Trump lawsuit

Trump's directive on Friday put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Ours is a nation of immigrants.

Mashable has a good summary of major tech companies offering their perspective on the ban by supporting a lawsuit from Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

According to the report, various tech companies are in the initial throes of holding something of a legal summit to consider how the industry might help to fight what some consider to be a detrimental and highly problematic travel ban.

To our employees in the US and around the world who may be directly affected by this order, I want you to know that the full extent of Amazon's resources are behind you.

The order also impacted 10 dependents of Amazon employees and seven job candidates, it added.

However myriad reports claimed travellers with passports from the affected countries were barred from boarding US-bound flights in cities including Cairo, Egypt and Doha, Qatar, and that people who were travelling when the order took effect were detained at USA airports regardless of their point of departure.

In a note to employees, the Amazon founder said that his company's policy team had reached out to congressional leaders from both parties and that its legal team was preparing to support a lawsuit from the Washington State Attorney General against the order.

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"We'll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere".

Amazon is one of several tech giants that are opposing the order.

Expedia has, similarly, expressed business harms it was (would be) facing as a direct result of Trump's order.

"Expedia believes that the executive order jeopardizes its corporate mission and could have a detrimental impact on its business and its employees, as well as the broader US and global travel and tourism industry", Robert Dzielak, Expedia's executive vice president and general counsel, wrote in the company's declaration. In addition, Expedia said that several of its employees based in the USA and overseas will be prevented from traveling.

The lawsuit filed Monday says the restrictions on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries is damaging Washington state's economy and hurting its companies.

A spokesperson for Microsoft, another Washington-based business, told BuzzFeed News: "Microsoft has been supportive and has provided information to the Attorney General and is willing to provide further testimony if necessary".

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