Google CEO troubled by Trump refugee ban that ‘creates barriers’ to talent

SAN FRANCISCO — Google CEO Sundar Pichai said President Trump’s order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. affects over 100 of the Internet giant’s staff, and he criticized the ban’s toll on families.

“We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the U.S.,” Pichai said in a memo to Google employees first reported by Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal.

In a statement, Google said: “We’ll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere.”

The effects of the Trump executive order suspending the entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days is roiling the tech industry, with affected employees being urged to return to the U.S. and consult with corporate immigration experts.

Pichai said one employee was rushing back from a trip to New Zealand before the order was assigned, while two others were grappling with what this might mean to their families, according to the memo’s contents.

Pichai is the second executive of a major tech company to speak out against the immigration order. Earlier Friday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was concerned about the immigration order’s reach…. see more

source: usatoday

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