Tech companies are joining forces with the Washington state government to fight against Donald Trump’s recent immigration-related executive order. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today against Trump’s order, which bars legal immigrants and refugeesfrom seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US and bans Syrian refugees indefinitely.
Now, at least three tech companies — Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia — are joining that legal fight. A Microsoft spokesman told Reuters
that the company is providing information about the effect of the order
in order to "be supportive." They also would "be happy to testify
further if needed."
Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia are all based in the Seattle, Washington area
Both Amazon and Expedia are also preparing statements that demonstrate the order’s negative impact on their business. In an email to employees,
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote that the company’s legal team "has prepared
a declaration of support for the Washington State Attorney General who
will be filing suit against the order." They are considering other legal
options, as well. Expedia hasn’t publicly released its statement but
Ferguson cited the company’s help in a press release.
The lawsuit will attempt to prove the immigration ban
is unconstitutional and that the actions it spurs are "separating
Washington families, harming thousands of Washington residents, damaging
Washington’s economy, hurting Washington-based companies, and
undermining Washington’s sovereign interest in remaining a welcoming
place for immigrants and refugees."
Other tech company executives, ranging from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, have spoken out against the order.
Yet only Amazon, Microsoft, and Expedia — all of which are based in the
Seattle area in Washington — are in a position to support this
particular legal challenge to the immigration ban, at least until more
lawsuits begin popping up around the country.