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Tech companies among 'shamed' anti-Muslim Trump supporters

Activist group SumOfUs.org has included tech companies such as IBM, SpaceX, Tesla, and Uber among 19 corporations “named and shamed” as supporters of US President Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim immigration policy.

On 28 January, Trump signed an executive order that bars all refugees entering the US from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan) for 90 days. The order also places an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, while suspending the US Refugees Admission Programme for 120 days.

Internationally, and especially in the US, the order has received a polarising mixture of both wild praise and passionate condemnation.

Protests have erupted across the US and the order is currently the most frequently discussed subject across all of social media.

SumOfUs.org has drafted a petition urging executives of 19 large corporations to withdraw their status as advisers to Trump, and instead join efforts to condemn the recently signed executive orders.

“Nineteen business leaders signed up to officially advise Trump, including executives from Disney, Walmart, PepsiCo, and IBM. So far, only two have spoken out against the immigration order that violates both the values of the US Constitution and the 1951 Refugee Convention,” SumOfUs.org said in an email sent out to previous supporters of their campaigns.

“This is pure cowardice. We know that most chief executives of large corporations support immigration and almost all of them will have employees affected by the ban.

“There is no neutral. Either CEO advisers must speak out against the Trump Administration’s travel ban and step off his committee, or they are complicit in the violence his administration is creating.”

The email also includes a list of the 19 corporations, as well as their respective chief executives and other executives, who have signed up to advise Trump and have not, to date, commented on his immigration policy.

“Here are the 19 chief executives and prominent business leaders who signed up to advise President Donald Trump. We will continue naming and shaming each one of them until the advisory council comes out and explicitly condemns Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’, SumOfUs said.

“These corporate bosses have unparalleled access to one of the most powerful men in the world. We have to invite them to rise above the demands of their bottom line and their egos and stand for what is right.”

SumOfUs.org states on its action page that its goal is to receive 4000 signatures. At the time of writing, it has received about 3500.

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