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Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, has condemned U.S. President Donald Trump over his recent immigration action. Reed isn’t alone in his condemnation of the President’s executive order that temporarily bars immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim countries from entering the country. Several Tech CEOs, along with other communities, groups and organizations from around the world have denounced President Trump’s decision. The decision, which the President says will event terrorists from entering the United States, also consequently puts a temporary blanket ban for any refugee trying to enter the United States of America. Netflix CEO, Reed Hasting has called the decision “un-American”.
“Trump’s actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all.”
Reed Hastings took to Facebook to express a strong disapproval of Trump’s action. Hastings wrote that Trump’s “un-American” decision was going to hurt Netflix employees around the world. He believes that Trump’s decision will not make America safe from terrorists as he has repeatedly claimed, but will rather make it less safe “through hatred and loss of allies”.
The Netflix CEO further expressed his concern over the lives of over 600,000 “Dreamers,” immigrants who are a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program under the DREAM Act, which he deemed to be under imminent threat.
Reed Hastings openly urged everybody to protest Trump’s decision, writing that it was “time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity.”
Trump’s decision has faced a lot of backlash from leaders of the tech industry, with the likes of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Lyft CEO Logan Green, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, among others, expressing their disapproval of President Trump’s Refugee Ban and Immigration Restriction.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote:
“Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump. We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella commented the following on LinkedIn:
“As an immigrant and as a CEO, I’ve both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world. We will continue to advocate on this important topic.”
Google co-founder and Alphabet President Sergey Brin was also spotted at San Francisco Airport on Saturday night protesting the act. He reportedly said he was there because he is a refugee too.
Trump’s decision will put a 120-day bar on refugees from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen whereas refugees from Syria will be indefinitely banned. Furthermore, no visa will be issued to citizens of these countries for the next 30 days until “adequate” vetting can be insured. Trump dedicated his decision to the victims of the 9/11 attack, saying that this decision would prevent anything of the kind from ever happening again.
“We don’t want to admit the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas. We only want to admit those that support our country and love, deeply, our people.”
I promise that our administration will ALWAYS have your back. We will ALWAYS be with you! pic.twitter.com/D0aOWhOH4X
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2017
The Refugee ban wasn’t the only order signed by President Trump on Friday. He also signed a different order, for rebuilding the United States military by increasing its budget. This, according to Trump, will help in the building of new planes and ships, and in adding of more tools and resources for the men in Uniform.
“As we prepare our budget request for Congress, our military strength will be questioned by no one and neither will our dedication to peace. And we do want peace.”
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