Tech Leaders Take a Stand on Republicans' Policies and Trump's Executive Orders

It's been interesting to observe the tech community's response to the current socio-political events in the United States. Perhaps predictably, the predominantly left-leaning Silicon Valley tech sector has had more and more to say about the current political climate in North America.

Recently Apple CEO Tim Cook made a strong statement in an email to Apple employees about the current administration's ban on immigrants, saying in part: "I've heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.... In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, 'We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.' "

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But it's not just Cook. Amazon's Jeff Bezos recently offered to toss America's new president into outer space, while Google's co-founder, Sergei Brin (himself a refugee) joined with many others in the tech sector to denounce the recent ban on immigration, which includes, in particular, immigration from war-torn countries where people are desperately seeking refuge from extreme violence.

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella also denounced recent executive order policy amendments, saying "As an immigrant and as a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world. We will continue to advocate on this important topic."
Even the makers of the international sensation, iOS MOBA video game, Vainglory, made a reference to these policy changes when they tweeted support for one of the game's top-tier competitive players, who happens to be of Middle-Eastern descent. In their own words: "Vainglory welcomes all players, regardless of religion or country of origin. We hope @ElDonIraqiZorro is allowed to travel to [North America] again soon."

Regardless of your personal political views, it will be fascinating, to say the least, to see how the statements from prominent tech companies like Apple will factor into the future actions of the Republican Trump administration.

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As Senior Gear Editor at iPhone Life, Dig reports on the latest and greatest accessories built for the iOS ecosystem. From rugged gear and Bluetooth speakers, to headphones, unique iDevice cases, and iOS remote controlled vehicles, Dig's articles cover a wide range of great gear for the iPhone and iPad. A core gamer for over three decades, Dig also writes iPhone Life's Game Centered column, which focuses on the best iOS games and game related news. Additionally, Dig's company, iDoc Tech Support, offers web design and administration services as well as iPhone and iPad repairs. When not at his work desk, Dig loves spending time with family and enjoying the wonders of nature. You can follow him on Twitter @idoctech