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US tech firms pen letter urging Trump administration to alter ‘travel ban’

A number of leading US technology companies are to send a letter to US President Donald Trump in which they will urge his administration to follow through on proposed changes to an executive order in relation to a travel ban on seven predominantly Muslim countries.

The technology companies expected to sign the letter include firms such as Apple, Facebook, Alphabet, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and Yahoo. The tech firms are keen to establish clarity on the issue as the travel ban would significantly impacts its workforces.

President Trump signed an executive order on January 27th which imposed a 90-day ban directly affecting citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – and the order also included a 120-day bar on all refugees. It sparked worldwide protests - and resulted in chaos at airports with some passengers trapped at airports - while others were left stranded overseas.

However, a federal judge put a temporary nationwide block on the executive order, which angered the Republican US president – who proceeded to blast the judge and the court system – and vowed to execute the order.

A draft of the letter from US firms has been leaked, and in it the tech giants have requested that their employees can travel with predictability and without undue delay.

"We welcome the changes your administration has made in recent days in how the Department of Homeland Security will implement the Executive Order. We stand ready to help your administration identify other opportunities to ensure that our employees can travel with predictability and without undue delay. We are concerned that your recent Executive Order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country's success our ability to grow our companies and create jobs depends on the contributions of immigrants from all backgrounds."

It has been reported that the US tech firms are set to post the letter to President Trump today.