On Friday, Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from seven predominantly-Muslim countries from entering the USA for 90 days. On Monday, scores of Google employees and Sergey Brin, one of the company's founders whose family fled as refugees from the Soviet Union, took to the streets to protest Trump's immigration ban. No nation is better at harnessing the energies and talents of immigrants.
Now, at least three tech companies - Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia - are joining that legal fight.
The Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos, reported that Bezos wrote in an internal email to Amazon employees Monday that company lawyers have prepared a "declaration of support" for the suit.
He added: "To our employees in the USA and around the world who may be directly affected by this order, I want you to know that the full extent of Amazon's resources are behind you". In addition, Expedia said that several of its employees based in the U.S. and overseas will be prevented from traveling. It mentioned that Microsoft employs 5,000 H-1B visa workers, and that companies in the state, such as Amazon, Expedia and Starbucks also employ visa holders.
Expedia has sharply criticized President Trump's immigration executive order in an email to employees.
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However myriad reports claimed travellers with passports from the affected countries were barred from boarding US-bound flights in cities including Cairo, Egypt and Doha, Qatar, and that people who were travelling when the order took effect were detained at United States airports regardless of their point of departure. It also mentions employees whose travel could be restricted. He said it was important for the Trump administration to face lawsuits from the state itself, and not just cases filed by people who have been impacted by the order.
According to the Amazon head, the company has 49 employees born in one of the countries targeted by the executive order, out of which only two hold permanent residence in the United States.
Officials with Amazon and Expedia filed declarations in federal court supporting the request for the restraining order.
Another Washington state company, Microsoft Corp, said it has been cooperating with the Attorney General's Office to provide information about the order's impact "in order to be supportive".
Uber chief Travis Kalanick, who called the ban "wrong and unjust", said he would raise the tech sector's concerns at Trump's business advisory council, a sentiment echoed by Tesla chief executive Elon Musk.