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Ford, Google Hit Back At Immigration Ban

| by Lauren Briggs

The CEOs of Google and Ford have taken strong stances against President Donald Trump's executive order to ban travel and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, with Ford CEO Mark Fields issuing a scathing statement against Trump and Google donating $4 million to those directly impacted by the new laws.

Trump's travel restrictions, which have been received with praise from his supporters and mass protests from critics, affects 187 members of the Google staff, said the company's CEO, Sundar Pichai, according to Fortune.

"We're concerned 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 U.S.," Pichai said in a statement, as reported by Fortune. "We'll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere."

Google will send their $4 million donation, of which the company donated $2 million, and employees contributed the other half, to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the International Rescue Committee and the United Nation's refugee agency, UNHCR.

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Ford and its CEO, Mark Fields, have also taken a strong stance opposing Trump's policy. The American car company said in a statement that it opposes the policy, although it is not aware of any employees directly affected by the ban, according to Business Insider.

"Core to our values are respect for people," Fields told Business Insider on Jan. 30. "And all of our policies, including our human-resource policies, support a diverse and inclusive workplace, and we don't support policies that are counter to our values. We are going to stay focused to the well-being of our employees and running a successful business."

Facebook, Apple, Lyft, Uber, Tesla Motors, Netflix and Airbnb have also spoken out against Trump's ban, notes Fortune. Airbnb said that it would offer free lodging to refugees and others affected by the executive order.

Sources: Business Insider, Fortune / Photo credit: Ford Motor Company via My News Desk

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