Apple contemplates legal action against Donald Trump's immigration ban; to try other options first

Tech companies in the US are contemplating taking legal action against US President Donald Trump’s executive order banning the entry of refugees from the several Muslim-majority countries. Joining these companies is Apple.

Amazon and Microsoft have already expressed support for a lawsuit against the order in Washington. Apple is reportedly “weighing legal action” in this regard.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that Apple is still actively pursuing “other options”, including getting in touch with White House officials and attempting to convince the Trump administration of the problems with the order.

Silicon Valley’s CEO have expressed strong condemnation for the order. Apple CEO Tim Cook told employees that “Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.”

Despite the intense backlash from Americans as well as the world, the Trump administration is still trying to defend the order, arguing that it is necessary to keep America “safe” from terrorists.

Before taking over from Barack Obama, Trump had called for a meeting with Silicon Valley executives where he reassured them of his continuing support for the work these companies did and that he would be understanding of their needs.

Elon Musk and Tim Cook both seem to believe that a “constructive and productive” approach to the issue would be best, but Apple is clearly unsure of the approach if it is contemplating legal action.

WSJ reports that Tim Cook “declined to elaborate” on Apple’s plans.

Published Date: Feb 01, 2017 11:18 am | Updated Date: Feb 01, 2017 11:18 am