Outrage. Fury. Wrath. These were some of the first few reactions that cropped from President Donald Trump s overt new orders that ban immigrants from entering the US. According to the new policy by Trump, refugees from Muslim-dominated countries have been banned from entering the US for a period of 120 days, while the order also extends to an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees. This naturally induced a huge outcry in the world, and especially in the America, with people stepping out on roads and airports, protesting the ban. We also saw an outpour of opposition from many tech leaders; and now about 2,000 Google employees in offices around the world have staged a walkout in protest of the executive order. Also Read - Google might be working on a 'Find My' network clone for Android usersAlso Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
Using the hashtag, #GooglersUnite, employees posted photos and videos on Twitter of the walkout actions around the world, including at headquarters in Mountain View. This employee-led rally was also attended by Google co-founder, and now the President of Alphabet Inc, Sergey Brin, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who addressed the crowd. Even on Sunday, Brin was down to protest at the San Francisco International Airport. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
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Brin, who himself is a son of an immigrant, shared his experience with the crowd. Brin’s family moved to the USA at the height of the Cold War as refugees from the USSR when he was a little boy. One of the Google employees captured the speech by Brin on a video and put it up on YouTube. ALSO READ: US immigration ban: Google creates a $4 million crisis fund to battle against US President Donald Trump s orders
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“So many people were obviously outraged by this order, as am I myself, being an immigrant and a refugee. I’m glad to see the energy here today and around the world to know that people are fighting for what’s right out there,” Brin said.
“I think it’s important to not frame this debate as being ‘liberal’ versus ‘Republican’ and so forth,” Brin told the crowd. “It’s a debate about fundamental values, about thoughtful policymaking and many of the other things that I think are – apparently not universally adored – but I think the vast majority of our country and of our legislators and so forth support. And I think it’s important to frame it in that way and to be inclusive in that way. and sometimes think that might be really difficult because I know we have many many different values here that might not be universally shared. But I think these are really special times and i think it’s important to form friendships with many different people. I hope this energy carries forward in many different ways, beyond what just our company can do, beyond just what company can do, but as really a powerful force and really a powerful moment.” ALSO READ: From Sundar Pichai to Tim Cook: Here s how tech giants react to US President Donald Trump s immigration order
While that was Sergey Brin, Sundar Pichai, who was born and raised in India, has especially been vocal against the orders by Trump on immigration. Just yesterday, Google announced the setting up of a $4 million crisis fund to help affected employees with legal and living costs. Pichai also wrote, “it’s painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues” in a leaked email to Google employees.
Google has created a $2 million crisis fund that can be matched with up to $2 million in donations from employees, totaling up to $4 million. These donations will go towards four organizations, namely the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and UNHCR. ALSO READ: US President Donald Trump s gag orders defied by government workers on Twitter
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