Apple CEO Tim Cook Sends Email to Employees About Trump’s Refugee Ban


In the wake of executive orders from U.S. President Donald Trump limiting immigration from a group of seven countries, Apple CEO Tim Cook has written to employees to reaffirm the company’s pro-immigration stance.

In the email, Cook said that staff will receive support from its human resources and legal teams. On Friday, Trump signed an executive order to suspend visa entry from seven Muslim-majority countries, until tougher vetting procedures are put in place. Refugees in the affected countries, which include Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya, will be prevented from entering the United States for a 90-day period and then even after extreme vetting.

The ban applies to green card and H-1B visa holders, as well as to individuals maintaining dual-citizenship in one of the named countries. In a statement, Trump said:

“I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States. We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas.”

Noting the importance of immigration to Apple, Tim Cook writes in the email that he has heard from a number of employees about the executive order, advising he shares their concerns and that “it is not a policy we support.”

Employees directly affected by the immigration order have been contacted by Apple’s human resources, legal, and security teams, with Cook pledging the company’s support. Resources on Apple’s company-wide communications system are being provided to further explain Apple’s immigration policies.

You can read Tim Cook’s full email below:


In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I’ve made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration —both to our company and to our nation’s future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.

I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.

There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday’s immigration order. Our HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with them, and Apple will do everything we can to support them. We’re providing resources on AppleWeb for anyone with questions or concerns about immigration policies. And we have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company.

As I’ve said many times, diversity makes our team stronger. And if there’s one thing I know about the people at Apple, it’s the depth of our empathy and support for one another. It’s as important now as it’s ever been, and it will not weaken one bit. I know I can count on all of you to make sure everyone at Apple feels welcome, respected and valued.

Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship. Our employees represent the finest talent in the world, and our team hails from every corner of the globe.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.”


Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian immigrant to the U.S.

[via BuzzFeed]


  • FragilityG4

    Yeah god forbid they do a little more background checking on people coming from rogue nations.

  • MleB1

    “…official here in Washington…” – define ‘Officials’, Tim. Not pleased to see reports of you sucking up to Ivanka Trump and husband Kushner – the Spawn Causes Revulsion of the United States (SCROTUS).


    What old Tim got to many refugees working for old Apple ?

  • StopActingLikeAHeartlessBeast

    You’re an idiot. It’s not about background check, you imbecile. It’s currently about not allowing people who’ve already gone through extreme vetting process, including permanent residents and citizens with dual-nationality. Have you ever, personally, applied to seek a visa for the US? I have; and as an immigrant from a “Muslim-majority” country, I can tell you that I got more than a “background check” (as you so naïvely put it) before I got my acceptance papers. Stop acting like a empty scrotum, yeah?

  • FragilityG4

    Name calling is the most effective way to get your point across … your anger should be directed towards the terrorist that have made measures like this necessary. The US governments job is to ensure the protection of its people and if that means that they have to dig deeper into the backgrounds of people coming from nations known to harbour terrorist than so be it.

    The Canadian government should be more strict too but I think our PM is more worried about taking selfies.

  • Tim

    “if that means that they have to dig deeper into the backgrounds of people coming from nations known to harbour terrorist than so be it.”

    So under that line of thinking why didn’t Trump put a ban on Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Pakistan?

    It’s because he’s a psychopathic moron who’s prone to erratic, illogical policy decisions that pander only to his insecure desire to look tough.

  • FragilityG4

    I agree I was confused why those nations weren’t part of the list. Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are “allies” and trading partners so one could assume that’s why they were left off which would contradict the fore mentioned stance. Afghanistan is very puzzling.

    Now on the topic of Trump wanting to look tough you are absolutely right. He wants the world to know that America will not allow people to enter the country without diligence done on their background. America will do any and all to keep terrorist out of the country. Do you truly think there is something wrong with that?

  • huddyrocks

    Hmm, so the guy that knows how to take down isis better than all the generals, is now coming up with a way to better run security checks on immigrants? They’ve been trying to keep spies out for 100 years, how is that working? Bottom line, there is no way to 100% ensure any person hasn’t been radicalized.If an organization want to build a false identity, asking more questions isn’t going to change that or make it easier to discover. Living in fear is not an answer. Perhaps the US should look at it’s foreign policy and ask “Why are these people wanting to harm us? “. If the US would stop messing with everyone internationally for greed , power and $$ , the world might look at them differently, Muslims et al. Once they fix those issues, the others will take care of themselves.
    It’s too bad Apple and other companies have to deal with the ignorance and fear the current immigration are peddling. Hopefully it sorts itself out and they don’t lose the talented people they have.

  • MleB1

    People from ‘rogue nations’ as defined by The Idjit have not killed a single American in the US, despite having years of open access to it. Others from countries where The Idjit has (or want to have) business relations, have caused deaths. And those are still outweighed by all of the born-and-bred Americans who have killed their fellow Americans.
    Meanwhile, those who have visas or green cards have already been vetted by government.
    Spend more time background checking the people running the government, America.

  • awkpain

    I want to remind you that there is currently no way to test for ill intent. Religion, where someone is from, or what their name is does not necessarily affect what a person will do. You can look at their family history, where they’ve been, etc but even that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. There is no test for terrorist just as there is no test for serial killer.

    What the Americans continually forget…. quit pissing countries off… quit being rude for no reason… quit showing blatant racism… quit poking your face in where it does not belong… quit hating… quit hurting… and maybe fewer people would want to strike back.

  • awkpain

    Are you saying the most qualified applicant is always American?


    Nope just probably has too many refugees working for them

  • Léon

    I’m tempted to register only to be able to like your comment.

  • TheDonald

    So it’s a bigger importance to make clear Apple’s stance on refugees, unicorns and rainbows than making your products great again? Oh dear.

  • Not a bigot, not a racist

    Rogue nations? LOL

    None of the countries of origin of the 911 hijackers is on the ban list. Conveniently they are countries where Trump does business.

    Get a clue.