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How the world’s biggest business leaders reacted to the Trump travel ban

Over the weekend, the CEOs of some of America’s biggest companies came out against the Trump administration refugee crackdown

A small group of protestors celebrate the moment one of the protestors returns from briefly being detained by the Police, during a January 29th, 2017 protest against Muslim immigration ban at Philadelphia International Airport, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Friday saw President Donald Trump sign an executive order barring citizens of seven majority Muslim countries from entering the US for 90 days, while simultaneously halting all refugee admission for 120 days.

In the aftermath of the announcement, protesters took made their way to major airports to condemn the order, using the hashtag #NoWallNoBan.

It didn’t take long for executives of major American companies to rally around the cause, calling the order “un-American,” and praising the diversity of their workforces.


Saturday evening found Google co-founder and Alphabet president Sergey Brin joining protesters at San Fransisco International Airport. He said to Forbes’ Ryan Mac that he was there “because I’m a refugee.”


LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner tweeted a post to a statement against the ban on LinkedIn, saying “All ethnicities should have access to opportunity—founding principle of U.S.”


Dropbox CEO Drew Houston called the ban “un-American,” and adding that “Dropbox embraces people from all countries and faiths.”


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey criticized the order, saying that its “humanitarian and economic impact is real.” He attached a link to a statement from the Internet Association.


Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson tweeted that he opposed the order, adding that American is a “nation of immigrants.”


Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he did not feel the order was “the best way to address the country’s challenges.” Musk recently joined President Trump’s council of business advisors.


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the platform on Friday to voice his concern over the ban. “We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat,” he wrote.

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick came out against the ban, saying that any drivers affected would be compensated for their losses, and that he would use his position on Trump’s council of business advisors to “stand up for what’s right.”


AirBnB CEO Brian Chesky wrote that the company will provide free housing to refugees and “anyone not allowed in the US.”


In light of the ban, Starbucks publicly pledged to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years.