These Are the Companies That Are Standing Up to Trump

These Are the Companies That Are Standing Up to Trump

Starbucks, Apple, and Amazon are all actively fighting the president’s immigration policies.

Starbucks, Apple, and Amazon are all actively fighting the president’s immigration policies.

Text: Thomas Freeman

Donald Trump may brush off Hollywood attacks, but the prospect of corporate backlash might cause his tiny hands to tremble. If the president wants to fulfill any of his wildly lofty economic goals, it would serve him well to have the private sector on his side. Thus far, things do not bode well for Trump and his cast of alt-right cronies.

Since Trump issued an executive order banning travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations and outright barring refugees, many leaders of industry have denounced him. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook and more are reportedly now drafting a joint formal letter of opposition to the White House. If there is a silver lining to private corporations wielding outsize political clout, it is that there are larger forces that can hold Trump accountable, and hit him where it hurts.

Below are eight companies leading the charge to #DumpTrump.

Starbucks

In an open letter condemning Trump’s executive order, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced a plan to hire 10,000 refugees in locations worldwide in the next five years. “We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question,” Schultz wrote in his passionately-worded letter.

Airbnb

Brian Chesky, the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, tweeted that the company would provide free housing to refugees or anyone affected by Trump’s travel ban. He also tweeted, “Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected.”

Google

Following the executive order, Google created a $2 million crisis fund, which matched with $2 million in donations from employees, raising $4 million total. It is Google’s largest crisis campaign ever, and proceeds will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), International Rescue Committee (IRC) and The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Amazon & Expedia

Amazon and Expedia have made declarations supporting a federal lawsuit attacking the constitutionality of the executive order. The companies argued in their filings that the travel ban would hinder business as both employ citizens from the blacklisted countries. “The president’s order represents the worst of his proclivity toward rash action versus thoughtfulness,” Expedia’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement.

Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal that he wants to join Amazon and Expedia in their legal challenge and that he has been contacting “very, very senior people in the White House” to dissuade them from upholding the order. Mind you, Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian immigrant.

Lyft

When Uber aimed low, callously cashing in on the New York City taxi strike, Lyft pledged $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) within the next four years. "Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft's and the nation's core values,” co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer wrote in an email to employees.

LinkedIn

In a blog post, LinkedIn announced that it will expand its “Refugees Welcome” support program, which has already connected 2,000 refugees with internships and jobs. Moreover, LinkedIn will partner with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to “[to provide] financial resources and training to IRC staff to help newly settled refugees more quickly find jobs that leverage the skills they are bringing into the U.S. economy.”

Thus far, Silicon Valley has carried the torch in Trump resistance. Hopefully, other industries, such as fashion, follow suit.

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