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Dozens of tech firms reject second Trump travel ban
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Tech companies claim new ban is just as damaging as the first
Dozens of tech firms reject second Trump travel ban

Fifty-eight tech companies have filed an amicus brief in opposition to Donald Trump's revised travel ban, which was set to take effect today.

The brief, which was filed in support of Hawaii's lawsuit against the ban, claims the planned travel restrictions would be damaging to both businesses and employees. It also provides real-world examples of employees who were affected by the original travel ban.

The updated executive order proposes a 90-day travel restriction on people arriving from Iran, Libya, Somalian, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—Iraq has been removed from the list. It also attempts to ban refugees for 120 days, rather than permanently.

“Barring people from entering our country because of where they're from was wrong the first time around — still wrong…” Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky wrote in a Tweet.

Logan Green, co-founder and CEO of Lyft, also posted a series of Tweets regarding the company's opposition of the ban.

“Lyft stands firmly against the latest executive order on immigration. We will continue to speak out and take actions when the values of our community are put at risk.”

Airbnb and Lyft are two of the companies that have signed the brief. Despite the inclusion of these big names, the brief lacks support from tech industry heavy hitters like Apple, Facebook, and Google. Other companies that had signed last month's amicus brief but have chose not to involve themselves with the new one include Microsoft, Twitter, Netflix, and Intel.

While the ban was scheduled to be implemented this morning, it has since been temporarily blocked by two US federal judges just hours before it was to take effect.

This article originally appeared at itpro.co.uk



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