Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, has contributed to the refugees’ causes by donating $2 million, and then requested from his staff to do the same, which would eventually amount to a budget of $4 million for the cause.
These donations come after U.S. President Trump’s recent signing of the executive order that banned travelers from seven specific countries, including refugees.
Google’s CEO announced that all donations will be sent towards groups such as American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), UNHCR, and several others.
As of now it has been reported that after Trump’s travel ban, about 200 employees from Google were said to be affected by it at the moment.
Thousands across the United States have assembled to protest against the travel ban, including Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google.
Affects All of Us
Mr. Brin attended the protest that took place at San Francisco’s International Airport.
The Google co-founder said “We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families.”
Mr. Brin then added that an order such as this would greatly hinder great talent from being put to good use within the United States.
Can’t do It Without Immigrants
Several tech leaders from Silicon Valley have expressed their disapproval for the travel ban.
Apple’s owner, Steve Jobs himself was the son of a Syrian man who immigrated to the United States.
Tim Cook made a statement against this travel ban by saying that it has only been due to immigration that Apple was able to prosper and thrive, and “innovate the way we do.”
Meanwhile Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix also expressed his concern on the executive order and said that such a policy completely contradicts American values, and that the policy enforced by President Trump have greatly affected their own employees globally.