On Friday, January 28, U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order on immigration that could profoundly affect the employees of Apple and other major U.S. tech companies, especially those born in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, including people with valid green cards and H-1B visas who have already gone through the vetting process.
Tim Cook sent out an internal memo to Apple employees, originally obtained by MacRumors. It includes the following:
Cook also tweeted the following:
Deeply moved today visiting @FordsTheatreNPS and Peterson House where Abraham Lincoln took his last breath. His words are timeless. pic.twitter.com/z6mMAvOdzKDeeply moved today visiting @FordsTheatreNPS and Peterson House where Abraham Lincoln took his last breath. His words are timeless. pic.twitter.com/z6mMAvOdzK— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 28, 2017January 28, 2017
Apple and Cook have been front-and-center on the issues of privacy and equal opportunity over the last several years, so it's great to see them continuing to share their vision on social and legal issues. And, as Wikipedia reminds:
Google's Sundar Pichai also sent out a memo to employees, obtained by Bloomberg:
Android Central adds:
Microsoft's Brad Smith, as quoted by Windows Central:
CEO Satya Nadella added on LinkedIn (opens in new tab):
Facebook's Mark Zuckerbook posted:
Buzzfeed is keeping a rolling record of other reactions from Silicon Valley and the leaders of major technology companies.
Update: Switching off comments since they've sadly turned petty and personal again. iMore covered Apple's reactions to social issues in the past, including with NSA, FBI, and equal opportunity. We'll continue to do so in the future. This isn't "politics", it's person people and it's international.
Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.
Just for clarification according to apples employee staffing they have hired more refugees turned citizens than veterans during 2015- the latest numbers made public Sent from the iMore App
Tell me you guys aren't going to be posting more stuff from Shia LaBeouf on this please. Rene, fine to note that Cook sent out a letter, but your article goes way beyond that to promote his point of view. Just like with LaBeouf's article wasn't really about streaming tech, it was a front to bash DT. The vast majority of folks don't want to hear you or your staff's political views, pro or con, and I fear that iMore is descending into pushing a particular brand of politics when we just want to hear and talk about Apple tech. Please don't take iMore down this path. Ugh!
We've covered Apple and their social policies consistently over the last four years and we won't be changing now or in the next four. If that's strangely unacceptable now, please feel free to skip this article and read one you like better.
A classic answer when things swing towards your political view. I really can't expect half-employed, societal leaches like the iMore crew to be anywhere else but in the unrealistic, liberal bubble! All the while sucking up to the largest corporation in America! One which, by all measures, does NOTHING more for the liberal cause than put out a letter every now and then. Apple is behind on hiring veterans, supporting American jobs, supporting American charities and the list goes on and on. By ALL measures, Apple is as corporate and conservative as Exxon, actually very much more! Another example of the Apple fanatic's blindness to the company they worship! Do I use Apple products? Yes, just like I use Exxon's products! Do I worship them as my political and social leader like most Apple fanatics do? No way, that's just freakin' STUPID!
Just for the record isn't the iMore Crew 7 white people and 1 Indian? For leaning so far left they must have never heard of equal opportunity. For the record... I love the articles when hey aren't so political Sent from the iMore App
You would think this site would be pro Trump... because I could imagine how ecstatic Rene Richie would be if Apple opened a plant here in the US to build iPhones and Rene got to take a private tour... but instead the staff here is so far left that they can't even see the benefits in it for them Sent from the iMore App
To the people on the left that don't understand, let me put it simply... THEY HATE US! Yes, that's right. The people in many of the Middle Eastern countries that we have "banned" immigration from have been pretty much indoctrinated by their leaders into thinking that the United States and her allies are literally the imp of Satan himself. They HATE US! They want nothing more than to see every head in the United States on a pike! Get it through your thick skulls... THEY HATE US! They see us as the Devil himself! You cannot reason with that kind of thinking, that kind of brainwashing. Proof of this is the attacks in Florida, California, and Ohio. They come to the United States and we stupidly open our arms to them. They come in, get indoctrinated and radicalized by the Muslim extremists, and then carry out an attack on the very people that welcomed them in. Oh but the Left sees them as little misguided people who need our help. BULLSHIT! They attacked us BECAUSE THEY HATE US! So yes, I COMPLETELY support Trump on this ban. That's the only way we will remain safe in this country.
So very wrong in so many ways. Not going to even waste the time with this. On a more positive note, say what you will about Tim Cook's ability to run Apple, based on many of his public stances on a great amount of social issues, he is a genuine Human being.
THEY HATE US! They HATE the West. They HATE our money, they HATE our people, they HATE freedom, they HATE democracy, they HATE everything about us! And do you know why? It's, to be perfectly honest, because we, the West, have been taking advantage of them for so long and propping up dictators in that part of the world. Do we deserve that hate? Perhaps, maybe just a smidgen. But that's not going to stop me from believing in the protection of the United States and her allies.
You do realise that 1000 times as many Americans are killed at the hands of a gun wielding American citizen than are killed by a terrorist, both in the US and globally?
All it takes is one radicalized whack job and we have another terrorist attack in the States. Florida, California, and Ohio are all examples of radical Islam people that we welcomed in and instead of being gracious for welcoming them in from their Middle Eastern **** hole of a nation, they turn on us and attack us for it.
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