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Top CEOs Fight Trump's Muslim Country Ban

| by Ray Brown

Executives from Starbucks, Airbnb, Lyft and Uber denounced President Donald Trump's ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries and vowed to support refugees and immigrants affected by the president's executive order.

Brian Chesky, the CEO of home-sharing service Airbnb, said on Twitter his company would offer free housing to people not allowed to enter the U.S.

"Open doors brings all of US together. Closing doors further divides US. Let's all find ways to connect people, not separate them," Chesky wrote. "Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected."

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said his company would hire 10,000 refugees in 75 countries where the coffee giant has stores.

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"And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where our military has asked for such support," Schultz said, according to a press release on the company's website.

John Zimmer and Logan Green, co-founders of ride-sharing service Lyft, announced they donated $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union to put forth a legal challenge to Trump's ban.

"Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft's and our nation's core values," Zimmer and Green said, reports The Hill. "We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community."

And after bring roundly criticized for allowing surge pricing when picking up passengers at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City, where city taxi drivers went on strike to protest the immigration ban, reported TechCrunch, Uber announced it will also fight Trump's ban and help its drivers who have been affected by it.

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On his Facebook page, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said his company wold create $3 million legal defense fund and 24/7 legal support for its drivers, compensate drivers for lost earnings, and urge Trump to "reinstate the right of U.S. residents to travel -- whatever their country of origin -- immediately."

Sources: Starbucks, Travis Kalanick/Facebook, Brian Chesky (2), The Hill, TechCrunch / Photo credit: TechCrunch/Flickr

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