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Microsoft, Amazon Sue Trump For Immigration Ban


Microsoft and Amazon have joined a lawsuit filed by the Attorney General of the State of Washington to sue President Donald Trump for his immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority countries.

The lawsuit was filed by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat. According to Geekwire, the lawsuit accuses the Trump administration of violating the Constitution’s guarantee of Equal Protection, the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, the right to due process, and the federal Immigration and Nationality Act."

"Microsoft's U.S. workforce is heavily dependent on immigrants and guest workers," the lawsuit states. "At least 76 employees at Microsoft are citizens of Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, or Yemen and hold U.S. temporary work visas. There may be other employees with permanent resident status or green cards. These employees may be banned from entering the U.S. if they travel overseas or to the company's offices in Vancouver, British Columbia."

"As a company, Microsoft believes in a strong and balanced high-skilled immigration system," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, an Indian-born immigrant, according to a statement posted on LinkedIn. "We also believe in broader immigration opportunities, like the protections for talented and law-abiding young people under the Deferred Access for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, often called 'Dreamers.' We believe that immigration laws can and should protect the public without sacrificing people’s freedom of expression or religion. And we believe in the importance of protecting legitimate and law-abiding refugees whose very lives may be at stake in immigration proceedings."

This is the first lawsuit filed by a state to challenge Trump's controversial executive order, according to The Seattle Times.

"We are a country based on the rule of law," Ferguson said. "In a courtroom, it is not the loudest voice that prevails. It’s the Constitution."

Other Seattle-based tech companies have also joined the lawsuit, including Amazon.

"From the very beginning, Amazon has been committed to equal rights, tolerance and diversity — and we always will be," said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a company email, according to The Washington Post, which he also owns. "As we’ve grown the company, we’ve worked hard to attract talented people from all over the world, and we believe this is one of the things that makes Amazon great — a diverse workforce helps us build better products for customers."

Sources: Geekwire, The Seattle Times, State of Washington Lawsuit via DocumentCloud, LinkedInThe Washington Post / Photo credit: Heisenberg Media/Flickr

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