US businesses versus Trump

Donald Trump may be starting to find out that what may seem simple clampdowns on travel for ‘security’ reasons can have wide ranging effects that the new White House strategists may not have foreseen.

Trump now has more than a few judges opposing his travel restrictions, he now has many large US businesses challenging him legally.

The companies include Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook,Twitter, Intel, eBay, Netflix, Uber, Amazon and Expedia.

RNZ: Apple, Google, Facebook among 100 firms opposing Trump’s travel ban

Apple, Google and Microsoft have joined a legal brief opposing US President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, arguing it “inflicts significant harm on American business.”

The brief was signed by nearly 100 companies including Facebook, Twitter, Intel , eBay, Netflix and Uber, as well as non-tech companies such as Levi Strauss and Chobani.

The document is an amicus brief, which allows parties not directly involved in a case but who feel they are affected by it, to give their view.

Mr Trump’s executive order, the most contentious policy move of his first two weeks in office, faces crucial legal hurdles. It had temporarily barred entry to the United States by people from seven mostly Muslim countries, as well as suspending the US refugee programme.

A federal judge in Seattle on Friday blocked the move, and the Trump administration has a deadline on Monday (6pm Tuesday NZT) to justify the action.

“The order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years,” the brief from the companies stated.

“The order inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result,” it added.

“Immigrants or their children founded more than 200 of the companies on the Fortune 500 list.”

Immigrants and especially the next generation are often cited as a major terrorism risk, with scant evidence beyond a few isolated examples.

On the other hand, in reality land, immigrants and their families have been a huge part of American success for a long time.

US tech companies, which employ many foreign-born nationals, have been among the most vocal groups in speaking out against Mr Trump’s travel order.

Amazon.com and Expedia, both based in Washington state, supported the Seattle lawsuit, asserting that the travel restrictions harmed their businesses.

It’s not just those who are directly restricted that cause problems. The uncertainties about entry to the US and about immigration is likely to cause many more people to reconsider the US as a destination.

Unforeseen effects and unintended consequences may end up becoming big issues for a very inexperienced White House.

And Trump’s habit of shooting from the hip at anyone who criticises him or opposes what he is trying to do may lead to mayhem, including a significant loss of business confidence in the US.

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  1. PDB

     /  February 7, 2017

    Regardless which side a person may be on we are talking a TEMPORARY travel ban on a mere handful of countries – hardly worth the hyperbole that is flying around………

    “The order inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result,” it added.

    “Immigrants or their children founded more than 200 of the companies on the Fortune 500 list.”

    Please…….

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    • Gezza

       /  February 7, 2017

      Well, given that the ban didn’t apply to Saudi Arabia, that anyone coming from those 7 countries was probably already subject to extreme vetting, and that Steve Bannon was involved, it does sort of have the strong smell of an overblown PR stunt.

      Looking on the bright side, PDB, it does give The DOTUS a chance to learn that some bureaucrats actually know what they’re doing, that some businessmen who think they can ‘cut through the crap’ don’t, that there are some limits on executive power, and presents a good opportunity for Trumpy & the Judiciary to get to know & appreciate each other.

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      • PDB

         /  February 7, 2017

        The problem is if the opposition continue to exaggerate, blow out of proportion and overstate everything the Trump administration says and does they run the risk of fueling more extremist behaviours in people.

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        • Gezza

           /  February 7, 2017

          Well, why shouldn’t they? Seeing the Trump administration continues to exaggerate, blow out of proportion and overstate everything the Trump administration says or does?

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          • Joe Bloggs

             /  February 7, 2017

            A deft touch with the hypocrisy alert there Gezza…

            Poor PDB, I never would have picked you as righty snowflake material…

            Reply
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