President Trump signed an executive order on Friday which is sending Google into a tizzy.
The executive order prohibits entry into the U.S. by citizens of seven Muslim countries for a period of 3 months. The countries listed are Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya.
Meanwhile, immigration officials and the Dept. of Homeland Security have been instructed by the president to come up with better vetting processes to help keep Americans safe.
President Trump’s actions are already making an impact. Immediately after Trump signed the order, the Department of Homeland Security instructed the Customs and Border Protection agency to enforce the executive order. According to various reports, some green card and visa holders were already denied access to board flights to the U.S.
Google is one of many tech companies feeling the impact of President Trump’s latest move to slow down immigration.
Google CEO, Sundar Pichai criticized Trump in a memo to employees Friday. According to the memo, Pichai says more than 100 Google staff members are affected by the order.
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In the memo, Google called on its employees who may be affected by President Trump’s immigration order to return to the U.S. promptly. “It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues,” Pichai wrote. “We’ve always made our view on immigration issues known publicly and will continue to do so.”
According to Bloomberg News, the employees in question normally work in the U.S. but were abroad at the time of the order. The concern is that even if Google staff have valid visas, they may still be at risk of denied entry.
According to Fox News, Ava Benach, a partner at immigration law firm Benach Collopy LLP, is advising their clients who have green cards or any type of H-1B visa from the seven listed countries not to travel outside the U.S. “No one is really sure whether a green card holder from these seven countries can return to the U.S. now. It’s fairly clear that an H-1B visa holder can’t,” Benach said.
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