Know how Donald Trump’s immigration bomb rattled internet giant Google

Google’s India-born CEO Sundar Pichai on Saturday hit out at US President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order against people from seven Muslim-majority countries, and also ordered its travelling staff to return to America.

Donald Trump passed the immigration order against Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. Reacting to it, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said it would create ‘barriers’ to bringing great talent to the US.

Sundar Pichai, in an e-mail to staff, said the US ban on nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries will affect over 180 Google employees.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai photo

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Photo courtesy of Maurizio Pesce/Wikipedia.

“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. It is painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues,” the Wall Street Journal quoted Pichai as saying in the e-mail.

According to a report in BBC, the search giant has recalled around 100 of its affected staff from overseas.

“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,” Sundar Pichai’s email further read.

The new restrictions are likely to have a massive impact on American technology companies. “There have already been reports of green card holders, who are allowed to work in the US, being prevented from getting on flights. However, green cards are not specifically mentioned in the executive order,” a Wall Street Journal report said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also criticised Donald Trump, “Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.

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