In wake of US President Donald Trump executive order halting immigrants from entering the country for the next 4 months and citizens of seven Muslim-dominated countries (Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has sent an internal memo to all employees of the company. The CEO makes it clear in the memo that Apple does not support Trump’s policy and that the company “deeply believes” in the importance of immigration.
Cook notes that Apple employees who have been affected by Trump’s decision will get all the help possible from Apple’s HR and Legal and security teams. The company has also reached out to the White House to explain the negative impact this immigration ban will have.
The full memo from Tim Cook is below.
In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I’ve made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.
I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.
There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday’s immigration order. Our HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with them, and Apple will do everything we can to support them. We’re providing resources on AppleWeb for anyone with questions or concerns about immigration policies. And we have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company.
As I’ve said many times, diversity makes our team stronger. And if there’s one thing I know about the people at Apple, it’s the depth of our empathy and support for one another. It’s as important now as it’s ever been, and it will not weaken one bit. I know I can count on all of you to make sure everyone at Apple feels welcome, respected and valued.
Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship. Our employees represent the finest talent in the world, and our team hails from every corner of the globe.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.”
While Apple and its high-level executives have not come out openly opposing this decision from Donald Trump, many Silicon Valley giants have made official statements against the immigration ban. In fact, Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin has gone ahead and joined the protestors at the San Francisco airport opposing the immigration order.
Donald Trump has clearly stated that he wants Apple to move iPhone production to the United States in his bid to “Make America Great Again” in lieu of which he is ready to provide the company with very large tax cuts.