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Muslim ban in United States: Google’s Sunder Pichai condemns Trump move

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New York: Google CEO has come forward and criticized Donald Trump’s ban on Muslim nations. While he is not the only person condemning Donald Trump administration move regarding ban on Muslims from seven nations entering the US, he is the most high-profile personality to come out so openly and condemn the ban.

Pichai, who studied in India’s leading university, IIT Kharagpur, while condemning the move, said that the Muslim ban will create “barriers” to bringing great talent to the US, and the tech giant asked its travelling staff to return to America.

He said that at least 187 Google employees will be affected as they come from those seven nations who have been banned.


Pichai was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying, “We’re upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US”..

BBC also quoted him as saying, “It is painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues”.

While banning Muslims from seven nations enter the US, Trump also ordered “extreme vetting” of Muslims entering the US. The countries impacted are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. The controversial move, signed a week after he was sworn-in as the President, fulfills the vow Trump made on the campaign trail to limit Muslim immigration to the US. In his message to employees, 44-year-old Pichai, who grew up in India, suggested that at least 187 employees hailed from countries included in the ban.

Pichai while talking about his employee’s ordeal said, “Our first order of business is to help Googlers who are affected…If you’re abroad and need help please reach out to our global security team…We wouldn’t wish this fear and uncertainty on anyone—and especially not our fellow Googlers…In times of uncertainty, our values remain the best guide.”

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There is no denying that the immigrants make up much of the workforce in Silicon Valley, including many executive roles, and the tech industry has long advocated for more open immigration laws in the US, saying they need more skilled foreigners to fill technical jobs. The new restrictions will have a major impact on American technology companies that hire skilled staff from all over the world on special H1-B visas, mostly used by Indian IT firms.

A top Aljazeera reporter while talking about the widespread impact that the latest Muslim ban will cause says, “I am reading so many heartbreaking stories from Iraqi, Iranian, Syrian, Yemeni, Libyan, Sudanese and Somalian friends, contacts, acquaintances. I am left shaking with anger. This man is determined to isolate America. He should just go for it. Don’t stop with the Mexico wall. Just build a wall around the whole damn country. To my American friends who are disgusted with their President I hope whatever form of protest you choose works”.

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