On Refugees, It’s Trump vs. The World


World leaders, Fortune 500 CEOs, and the media are united in a global backlash against President Donald Trump’s executive order on “extreme vetting” of immigrants from seven middle eastern countries.

While many specifics remain unclear for workers with American visas, CEOs are not taking any chances.

Google and Microsoft both issued statements ordering their U.S.-based, employees working on green cards and visas back to the United States immediately.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said, “It’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues. We’re upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the U.S.”

In Berlin, leadership has lined up against Trump’s executive order. German Foreign Minister, Sigman Gabriel said, “The United States is a country where Christian traditions have an important meaning. Loving your neighbor is a major Christian value, and that includes helping people.”

In the last year, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has accepted over one million refugees.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who is coming off a successful trip to Washington, D.C., condemned Trump’s migrant ban. However, citizens of the United Kingdom recently voted to leave the European Union, in part to curb migration.

Trump has said, repeatedly, that the executive order is “not a Muslim ban.”

Critics point out that the executive order does express an interest in giving Christian refugees priority over Muslims, going forward. So far that doesn’t seem to be calming global nerves.

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