Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Google employees protest against Trump's immigration executive order, Sa...



Hundreds of Google employees gathered outside its Mountain View headquarters on January 30 to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries. The rally was unofficial and started by a Google engineer and included several speakers including Google's co-founder Sergey Brin, who is an immigrant from Russia, according to reports. An email sent by Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that 187 employees of Google were impacted by the executive order, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Earlier in the afternoon, nearly a thousand Google employees held a similar march and rally against the ban in San Francisco. Most U.S. corporate bosses have stayed silent on President Donald Trump's immigration curbs, underscoring the sensitivities around opposing policies that could provoke a backlash from the White House. While the leaders of Apple Inc., Google and Facebook Inc. emailed their staff to denounce the suspension of the U.S. refugee program and the halting of arrivals from seven Muslim-majority countries, many of their counterparts in other industries either declined comment or responded with company statements reiterating their commitment to diversity.

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