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Amazon too turns against Donald Trump’s Muslim ban

Amazon has come out openly against US President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

India TV Business Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: January 31, 2017 18:49 IST ]
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
Amazon too turns against Donald Trump’s Muslim ban

Amazon has come out openly against US President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

According to a report in The Verge, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that his company does not support the order.

"This executive order is one we do not support. Our public policy team in Washington D.C. has reached out to senior administration officials to make our opposition clear. We've also reached out to Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to explore legislative options," Bezos said in a statement late on Monday.

Bezos added that Amazon's legal team had prepared a declaration of support for the Washington State Attorney General who would be filing suit against the order and that they were working other legal options as well.

"We're a nation of immigrants whose diverse backgrounds, ideas, and points of view have helped us build and invent as a nation for over 240 years. No nation is better at harnessing the energies and talents of immigrants. It's a distinctive competitive advantage for our country -- one we should not weaken," the statement added.

Bezos assured his employees in the US and around the world who may be directly affected by this order that the full extent of Amazon's resources were behind them.

According to media reports, Microsoft and Expedia are also part of the chorus of voices speaking against Trump's executive order.

Earlier, Google's India-born Chief Executive Sundar Pichai critcised the executive order, suggesting that the ban could affect at least 187 Google employees as the Internet search giant ordered its travelling staff to return to the United States.

"We're upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US," The Wall Street Journal quoted Pichai as saying in an e-mail to staff.

"It's painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues," he added.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also expressed his concern over the order. "We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat," he wrote on his Facebook page.

(With IANS inputs)

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