Tech Giant Google has set up a fund to fight the Immigration Ban. After denouncing the ban and pledging to help all of its employees from countries on the ban list, Google is taking the next step. Google today announced a $4 million fund to fight the ban. The fund will help Unions and legal firms fighting for the immigrants.
The fund has $2 million dollars which can be matched up to another $2 million in donations from employees. This fund is for 4 organizations: The American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and UNHCR.
The American Civil Liberties Union is already fighting the ban. The Union filed a court case against the ban and successfully won its case. The win was small but an important one because officials as of now cannot deport citizens who have already arrived in the country. With the win, ACLU was able to free people from the banned countries. These people had been detained by the airport authorities even though all of them had valid visas. All of the other 3 organizations have come forward with an appeal to the present Trump Organization to repeal the ban.
Google has donated to 4 organization fighting the Trump Immigration ban.
Other tech companies have also denounced the ban. Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber faced the public wrath for not denouncing the ban and for his ties with the Trump Organization. After #deleteUber started trending on Twitter, Mr. Kalanick wrote a Facebook post declaring that Uber would extend help to all its affected employees and promised to set up a $3 million legal defense fund for the affected drivers. Uber’s Competitor Lyft promised to donate over $1 million to the ACLU. While, short-term lodging marketplace Airbnb offered free stay for everyone affected by the ban.
Tech Companies have strongly come out in support of the people. All have vehemently opposed the ban. Also, some like Google have taken the next step and donated to foundations seeking to get the ban repealed. Let’s hope that the Trump Organization sees the truth and rescinds the ban.