By Constance Renton
By Constance Renton
Toronto – 97 US companies, led by the technology industry, have challenged the temporarily stayed Trump immigration ban, according to a report by CNN.
In a document filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 97 US companies have announced their intention to challenge the immigration ban, signed into effect by President Donald Trump on January 27. The motion was filed in the same court that instituted the temporary stay against the ban, January 30. The basis for this new motion is that the ban “violates the immigration laws and the Constitution.”
According to the same source, the 97 companies aligned against the ban are being led by tech giants including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Intel. Exceptions to this include companies like Levi Strauss, Chobani and Kind, each founded by immigrants. In their court document, the group of 97 express their belief that the ban represents a “sudden shift in the rules governing entry into the United States, and it’s inflicting substantial harm on U.S. companies.”
The motion goes on to say that “immigrants make many of the nation’s greatest discoveries and create some of the country’s most innovative and iconic companies,” and that America has always understood the value in keeping its citizens safe. “It has done so while maintaining the fundamental commitment to welcoming immigrants- through increased background checks and other controls on people seeking to enter our country.”
According to CNN, Travis Kalanick, head of Uber, resigned from President Donald Trump’s advisory committee on February 3, citing the immigration ban. In a memo to his employees, Kalanick explained his decision saying, “The executive order is hurting many people in communities all over America. Families are being separated, people are stranded overseas and there’s a growing fear the US is no longer a place that welcomes immigrants.”
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has asked that both sides present legal briefs before it makes its final decision. All parties agree, however, that no matter what the court’s decision turns out to be, the case is destined to go all the way to the Supreme Court.