More than 50 technology companies have signed onto an amicus brief opposing President Trump's revised executive order barring foreign nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
Airbnb, Lyft, Dropbox and Y Combinator were among major technology-focused organizations and companies that signed onto the brief, which was filed Wednesday and supports Hawaii’s lawsuit to block the implementation of the order Trump signed last week.
In the brief, the groups railed against the travel ban, writing that “the purported urgency of implementing the new travel ban is entirely unsupported by facts, data, or logical explanations that would justify such a dramatic reversal of American tradition.”
“The technological and scientific breakthroughs that fuel the economic engine of the country … were all made possible by the ingenuity, imagination and invention of newcomers to America, including Muslims from across the world,” the brief reads.
“Never in modern American history has that infusion of talent and passion and creativity been stanched, as it is vital to the lifeblood of our economy. Never, until now.”
Several high-profile technology companies such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft signed onto an amicus brief in support of the Washington state's case against the initial travel ban, but have not signed the brief to block the new version.
Trump signed the new order on March 6. Multiple states quickly filed lawsuits to block it, with others filing amicus briefs supporting the suits.
The order continues to deny for four months entry to foreign nationals from six majority-Muslims countries in the Middle East and north Africa, though it not longer includes Iraq among the affected countries, does not indefinitely bar Syrian refugees or deny entry to legal green card holders like the first order.
A federal judge in Hawaii will hear the case on Wednesday.