Tim Cook Considers Legal Options against Trump’s Muslim Ban

“I share your concerns” about Trump’s immigration order, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a memo to employees that was obtained by The Associated Press.

After telling the Wall St Journal that the company is considering legal action he refused to offer specifics, but added, “We want to be constructive and productive”.

Trump’s executive order curtails immigration from seven Muslim majority nations and bars all Syrian refugees from entering the country. Opposing the order, Cook says, was a simple decision since Apple selling its devices in more than 180 countries makes it important for it to “look like the world”. It also bans citizens of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen into the U.S. for 90 days.

“Like so many other mobile device makers, Apple has utilized our technology as the foundation for becoming the most profitable smartphone supplier in the world”, said Qualcomm President Derek Aberle. “Despite the demonetization move in India that created lots of economic pressure there last quarter, despite that, we had all-time record revenue results, and so we were very happy about that”, Cook said.

In an internal email, Bezos said: “This executive order is one we do not support”. While there have been news of the giants fighting the order in their own way, there are other companies too that have chose to fight the ban.

Apple has joined the list of tech corporations, including Facebook, Google, Lyft, Netflix, Uber and Twitter, which spoke out against the travel restrictions. A federal judge has stayed part of Trump’s executive order till February 21. Leaks of draft executive orders, still unverified, suggest that Trump might also revamp the H1-B program that lets Silicon Valley bring foreigners with technical skills to the US for three to six years.

“We are committed to diversity of talent, thought and ideas and the fair and equal treatment of all employees, whatever their background”, they said in a memo to staff.

In fact, market tracker Counterpoint Research had recently estimated that Apple achieved landmark sales in 2016 in India crossing 2.5 million units, with one-third of its total shipment coming alone from the October-December quarter.

In his first quarterly earnings call with analysts and journalists, Cook said that Apple was in discussion about many things in India, including retail stores as well, according to an Indian Express report.

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