You are probably aware now that Trump signed an executive order that banned immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. According to CNN, the executive order “bars citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days.” This action spurred protests in airports across the United States this weekend, where people from these countries were being detained by officials, even when two federal judges in New York and Virginia blocked some parts of the executive order.
As the stories of the immigrants who were detained are starting to be released, we’ve learned that the immigration ban has hurt families most of all. A five-year-old Iranian boy was detained at Dulles International Airport and his mother was not allowed to unite with him. Taylor Melton of Georgia, a mother of one and pregnant with her second, shared her story of her husband Mohammed, a green card holder and legal resident of the U.S., being barred from reentering the country after visiting his family in Iraq. In Dallas, a college student waited for his parents to be released, as did another family whose grandmother was being detained.
Such a ban is hurting the very fabric of America — the diverse families who make it up. Though the judges’ stays on the executive order is a first step in overturning the action, we were glad to see over the weekend many companies and people step up and speak out against the immigration ban. So we thought we’d share with you these companies so that you can offer your support of them — because we can all support the end to the immigration ban in our own way, and we can simply do so by supporting these companies and organizations:
If you give your support to any company or organization — give it to the ACLU. The American Civil Liberties Union is an organization that works to preserve civil liberties and rights of all individuals. Over the weekend, they were at the forefront of the battle on the immigration ban sending lawyers to every national airport that held immigrants which ultimately resulted in the stays on the executive order. But they need donations to continue to their fight against Trump these next four years.
Click here to donate, but be sure to send your receipts of your donation to one of these individuals:
Singer Sia vowed to match up to $100,000 for those who donate to the ACLU and send her their receipts.
— sia (@Sia) January 28, 2017
This was then followed by Rosie O’Donnell who will match Sia’s donation of $100K.
— ROSIE (@Rosie) January 29, 2017
Jack Antanoff of Fun promised to match $20K in donations to the ACLU in honor of “immigrants and the LGBTQ Community” if you tweet him your receipts.
stand with me for immigrants and the LGBTQ community. i will be matching donations to the @ACLU up to 20k. tweet me your donation receipts
— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) January 29, 2017
Chris Sacca, Early Twitter Inc. and Uber investor, said he will match up to $75K in ACLU donations if you show him your receipts.
I’m inspired by all who are barely scraping by yet still giving monthly to the @ACLU. 🙏🏼
Show me your receipts and I’ll match ’em to $75k. https://t.co/dej1dXag3a
— Chris Sacca (@sacca) January 28, 2017
Lastly, Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson said he will match up to $10,000 in donations to ACLU through his organization, TietheKnot.org.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) January 30, 2017
Over the weekend, Lyft, the ride-sharing company, offered support in the fight against the immigration ban by sharing that they will donate $1 million to the ACLU over the next four years.
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) January 29, 2017
Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz has promised to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide in response to the immigration ban. Schultz said, “So while we seek to understand what the new Administration’s policies mean for us and our business both domestically and around the world, I can assure you that we will do whatever it takes to support you, our partners, to realize your own dreams and achieve your own opportunities.”
Airbnb announced that they will offer free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the U.S.
Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 29, 2017
CEO Tim Cook has been in D.C. meeting with top lawmakers over the weekend to do everything in his power to help his employees affected by the ban. “Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration—both to our company and to our nation’s future,” Cook wrote. “Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.”
Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke out against the immigration ban as the ban will affect 200 employees at Google. Following this, Google co-founder Sergey Brin joined protesters at San Francisco International Airport. “I’m here because I’m a refugee,” he told a reporter.
Google cofounder Sergey Brin at SFO protest: “I’m here because I’m a refugee.” (Photo from Matt Kang/Forbes) pic.twitter.com/GwhsSwDPLT
— Ryan Mac (@RMac18) January 29, 2017
Instacart is an internet-based grocery delivery company. Not only did they donate $100K to the ACLU but they are also funding office hours to provide immigration counsel to their employees and their families and expediting H-1B visas and green cards for those on TN visas. “I’m really sad and angry with what has happened over the last few days in our country,” Apoorva Mehta emailed staff on Jan. 29. “As an immigrant who grew up in one of the countries that was banned, the recent events hit really close to home.”
Tony Xu, founder and CEO of Doordash, tweeted over the weekend that Doordash would donate food to “any lawyers or advocates working this weekend to support immigrants, refugees.”
Nike doesn’t usually speak out on politics but they have this time. CEO Mark Parker sent out an internal letter condemning the immigration ban. He mentioned Sir Mo Farah, a Somali-born Olympic gold medalist and representative of Nike who lives in Oregon but could be affected by the ban.
“What Mo will always have — what the entire Nike family can always count on — is the support of this company. We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every member of our family: our colleagues, our athletes and their loved ones,” Parker’s email read.
Nike CEO Mark Parker sends rare political email to employees tonight, condemning POTUS travel ban. “This is a policy we don’t support.” pic.twitter.com/I9w48WA7e8
— Sara Germano (@germanotes) January 30, 2017
Chief Executive Reed Hastings of Netflix spoke out against the immigration ban in a Facebook post. He wrote: “Trump’s actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all. Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe.”
Other companies who have spoken out:
You can also fight against Trump and his actions by boycotting businesses associated with him and his businesses, by downloading a simple app on Android or iTunes called “BoycottTrump.”
Photo by Alex Temblador