US President Donald Trump earlier this year passed an executive order that imposed a blanket ban on people travelling to the US from select countries, though all Muslim-majority. As expected, the move drew a wide flak, especially from the technology companies which depend on employees from overseas. While the executive order was later put on hold by the local court, an alliance comprising more than 100 tech companies is said to have played a big role. Even as the second iteration of the executive order has also been put on hold, a report says that tech giants like Alphabet (Google), Facebook and Apple backed out from the second round of the legal battle. Also Read - Jio-Google partnership: JioPhone Next to new 5G collaboration, here are 5 key takeawaysAlso Read - Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram account can get deleted if you do this
According to a Reuters report, the list of signatories that initially had 127 names now has just 58 companies. The report further says that the legal brief presented at the federal court in Hawaii yesterday did include names like Airbnb Inc, Dropbox Inc and Kickstarter. But some major names that missed in the new list of signatories include Microsoft Corp, eBay Inc, Intel Corp, Netflix Inc and Twitter Inc. Also Read - New iPhone SE to be the most affordable 5G phone from Apple, to launch in 2022
Right now it s not known why these companies have not been part of the list of signatories. Robert Atkins, a New York lawyer and co-author of the brief is quoted as saying that the list of is expected to expand in the near future. He also revealed that Uber was in process of joining the battle. Box, the company that provides cloud-based file sharing service, admitted that it hadn t signed the brief but maintained its position over the issue of travel ban. ALSO READ: Indian IT companies are daunted by Donald Trump s Buy American-hire American vow
Meanwhile, US District Court Judge Derrick Watson in a 43-page ruling said that the Trump government failed to establish the ban wasn t due to a religious discrimination. Contrary to the previous order, the new one had skipped Iraq from the banned nations, exempted people with green cards and visas among other minor changes.
“Equally flawed is the notion that the Executive Order cannot be found to have targeted Islam because it applies to all individuals in the six referenced countries,” the judge commented. “It is undisputed, using the primary source upon which the Government itself relies, that these six countries have overwhelmingly Muslim populations that range from 90.7 percent to 99.8 percent.”
Donald Trump slammed the latest court decision, stating, The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first one. This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach. RELATED: Will object to Donald Trump s immigration order: Elon Musk
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