Apple is considering taking legal action against the highly controversial executive order signed by President Trump that bars immigrants from several predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States.
America’s largest corporation will continue to press the White House to reverse the order, Apple CEO Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal in an interview after decrying Trump’s move over the weekend in an internal memo. He joins other high-profile Silicon Valley executives including Alphabet’s Sergey Brin in protesting the order, which threatens to stem the flow of immigrant talent the industry relies on.
As soon as he got wind some of Apple’s employees are directly targeted by the executive order that bars Muslin nationals from seven countries from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days, Tim Cook compiled an e-mail informing immigrant workers legal teams are currently investigating the issue, scouting for resolves.
“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special,” Cook told The Wall Street Journal. “We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”
Apple’s CEO stated that neither the company nor the nation can move forward without valuable resources offered by immigrants. Via the written declaration, Tim Cook declared he did not support the Trump administration’s policy and shared his concerns regarding Apple employees directly affected by the executive order.
Last week, President Trump put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the US and temporarily barred travelers from Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somali, Sudan, Iraq and Iran. According to Trump the move is aimed at “protecting our own citizens and border”, and has sparked widespread international criticism.