Tech against Trump

February 6, 2017 in technology

A grouping of some US tech firms including the likes of Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft and Twitter have filed a joint legal brief opposing President Trump’s immigration ban. The brief, filed in the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, says the ban “represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years. … “[It] inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result”.

The tech companies’ amicus brief was filed along with one from a group of immigration law academics, and one from the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. The latter rejects the government’s stance that the executive has plenary power to determine immigration policy. The group likened the plenary power doctrine to a “relic of an odious past”.

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