The Immigration executive order (EO) issued by the Trump administration and that bans entry into the United States of nationals from seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – is being rejected by major US technology companies.
In addition to analysts who pointed out that Saudi Arabia, UAE, Lebanon or Afghanistan weren’t on the list although most of the terrorists who attacked the United States in recent years came from them, prominent Republicans such as Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham warned that President Donald Trump’s bold move could prove counterproductive in giving grist to extremists.
In Silicon Valley, online search giant Google has completed a 4 million dollars fund in support of immigration while executives from Facebook, eBay, Yahoo have insisted on the indispensability of immigration to the growth of their industry. At the White House, the Trump team reminded the temporary nature of the measure that was duly promised during the presidential campaign and therefore validated by the Americans’ vote.
Without any bias, this debate shows the growing gap between the vision of large globalized entities and that of a majority of Americans mostly in favor of more selective immigration.