tech2 News StaffFeb 01, 2017 09:57:38 IST
US President Donald Trump's executive order which banned immigrants from seven countries from entering the US has received a lot of flak from not just regular populace, but also the top tech honchos of Silicon Valley. Microsoft, a US based company with an Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella, is one among the many US companies headed by an immigrant.
Microsoft CEO had earlier told the Wall Street Journal that he had experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has had on Microsoft as well as for the US and the world. He said that Microsoft Corp would continue being an advocate on the issue.
Nadella has gone ahead and decided to make his point of view clearer to his employees. In his address on the matter during an employee Q&A session, Nadella said that he considered himself to be a product of the fundamental greatness of the US.
He said, "There is no place for bias or bigotry in any society, in any context. That’s where we start from. We will always as a company stand for that diversity and inclusion. And we’ll keep pushing at it, pushing at it, and making progress. That’s core to who we are. That I believe is core to what America is."
With the speculations around a new executive order which could affect the H-1B work visas being issued, it has become even more pertinent for software companies to make their displeasure clear. The House of Representatives for instance has called for the minimum wages for immigrant high skilled workers to be hiked to $130,000. Companies such as Microsoft, which rely on high skilled talent from foreign countries could be adversely affected by such a move.
Here is the complete statement that Nadella made:
I always come back to two things. One is the enduring principles and values that drive us as a company, that have made us and this country what it is, and my own personal story.
There is no place for bias or bigotry in any society, in any context. That’s where we start from. We will always as a company stand for that diversity and inclusion. And we’ll keep pushing at it, pushing at it, and making progress. That’s core to who we are. That I believe is core to what America is.
I mean, think about it, I am a product of the fundamental greatness of the United States. It is the ingenuity of the American technology that reached me where I was growing up that even made it possible for me to dream of being able to be part of this journey. It is the enlightened immigration policy of this country that even made it possible for me to come here in the first place, and gave me all this opportunity.
And so I always think about that. I will always advocate for that America that I know and that I’ve experienced.
And we will do that consistently. We’re not going to overreact because of any one incident, but we will always stand for what we believe are these enduring principles that really are going to be about us as a company, but also recognising that we’re a multinational company that is an American company.
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