Amazon CEO: We Are Exploring ‘Other Legal Options’ In Response To Trump’s Immigration Ban
Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos said he is going to explore “other legal options” in response to President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
“This executive order is one we do not support. Our public policy team in D.C. has reached out to senior administration officials to make our opposition clear,” Bezos said in a statement, according to The Verge, adding the company has contacted congressional leaders for legislative options.
“Our legal team has prepared a declaration of support for the Washington State Attorney General who will be filing suit against the order. We are working other legal options as well,” Bezos continued.
It is not quite clear what Bezos exactly means by “other legal options.”
Bezos went on to describe how America is full of immigrants and that such “diverse backgrounds, ideas, and points of view” create a “distinctive competitive advantage for our company.”
He also ensured his employees in America and elsewhere that Amazon will use its resources to help, without specifically saying how.
Amazon officially filed 6,395 “labor condition applications” for H1B visas, and 3,076 “labor certifications” for a green card from fiscal year 2014 to 2016, which makes it ranked 17 among all visa sponsors, according to Myvisajobs.com
Like Bezos, other executives from some of the biggest tech companies criticized Trump’s executive orders prohibiting immigration from certain countries.
Like Bezos, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is one of the several magnates who agreed to be part of Trump’s business advisory group. (RELATED: Uber Forced To Apologize After Surge In Pricing During Trump Protests)
Kalanick, though, felt compelled to explain his role in the Trump-sponsored consortium due to some criticism and protests.
“I understand that many people internally and externally may not agree with that decision [to join], and that’s OK. It’s the magic of living in America that people are free to disagree,” Kalanick previously wrote in the email, which he later published on Facebook.
Bezos made no reference to his position on the advisory team, and seems to have received way less public criticism than Kalanick for his relationship with Trump. (RELATED: Amazon Wants To Open 2,000 Grocery Stores In The Next Decade)
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