Google and Uber pledge millions to help immigrants affected by Trump’s order

Google has set up a $4 million “crisis fund” following President Trump’s executive order on immigrationUSA Today reports that Google will contribute  $2 million to the crisis fund for people affected by the order; that amount can be matched with up to $2 million more in donations from employees. The money will go toward four organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and UNHCR.google

The company said it has given more than $16 million to humanitarian causes since 2015, including educational programs and providing internet access at camps, but this fund is its largest single effort to date.

Google is one of several Silicon Valley companies that condemned Trump’s immigration order, which sees residents from seven predominantly-Muslim countries — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen — banned from entering the U.S. While Donald Trump is equating his order with Obama’s, the order also affects those that have valid green cards and visas, and bans all refugees from entering the country for 120 days.

Acknowledging Google’s international roster of staff, Pichai said it was “painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues” in a memo. Google has previously recalled its staff back to the US son after Trump signed the executive order.

Executives at Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Uber, Airbnb and Tesla Motors also have denounced the policy, which was temporarily stalled by a federal judge in New York Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Uber is creating a $3 million legal defense fund to help drivers on its platform with immigration issues. CEO Travis Kalanick also said that the company will provide round-the-clock legal support for drivers who are having trouble returning to the US and compensate them for their lost earnings. Its rival Lyft is also donating $1 million to the ACLU over the next four years to bolster its fight against President Trump’s travel restrictions.

CEO Brian Chesky tweeted that Airbnb will provide free housing to refugees:

Note : This article in no way condones or condemns the decision taken by Donald Trump, not because it’s a good diplomatic stance but more so because I believe the people of the United States know what’s better for them, not me, an outsider.

Source : USAToday

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