Tech startups rip Trump immigration order

Tech startups rip Trump immigration order
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A new letter from more than 100 investors and entrepreneurs is calling President Trump's executive order on immigration "morally and economically misguided" and urging him to reverse his decision.

The Tuesday letter, spearheaded by the National Venture Capital Association and Engine Advocacy, two groups representing startups and entrepreneurs in tech, warns that the orders “will inflict irreversible harm on the startup community and America’s ability to compete globally.”

“Limits on the movement of immigrants—including lawful visa holders—into the U.S. based on their nationality or religion not only seed fear and uncertainty for our friends, families, and coworkers, but are also antithetical to American values and sends the message that the U.S. is no longer open for innovation,” they wrote.

It's the latest salvo from the tech industry over Trump's executive order barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

The order blocks foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days.

Among those signing the letter are venture capital firm CRV, which hammered Trump on their website during the campaign, as well as high-profile Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar and the New York-based video startup Vimeo.  

In the letter, the coalition also criticized a leaked draft of what's believed to be a forthcoming executive order regarding H-1B visas for high-skilled workers.

The tech industry has long defended the visa program, saying it helps them attract needed tech and science talent from around the world.

“The fact that so many startups rely on H-1B visas only serves to illustrate this fact, since no sensible, time-constrained startup would opt to rely on a bureaucratically difficult process for hiring foreign-born employees if simply hiring qualified American workers was an option,” they wrote in the letter.

Tech companies have been vocal in their opposition to Trump's immigration actions.

Leaders at tech companies issued a slew of statements hammering the immigration order after it was issues. Earlier this week, major tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft, also filed an amicus brief in support of Washington state’s lawsuit against the order.