Tech v Trump: 127 Tech Companies File Amicus Brief on Muslim Travel Ban

Fifty-four days of their summit with President-elect Trump at Trump Tower, the tech industry has unified in opposition to President Trump’s “Muslim Travel Ban” executive order and filed an amicus brief supporting the Washington Attorney General’s challenge to the Executive Order.  The brief is supported by 127 companies from Apple to Zynga (although the list oddly includes Levi Strauss & Co).

As reported previously, the travel ban outraged many Silicon Valley CEOs.

The amicus brief makes the following key arguments:

The Order is Bad Policy

The Order 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—and the Order inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result. The Order makes it more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees. It disrupts ongoing business operations. And it threatens companies’ ability to attract talent, business, and investment to the United States.

The Order Unlawfully Discriminates on the Basis of Nationality

Immigration law contains a clear command: in issuing visas and makinga dmission decisions, immigration officials cannot discriminate based on an alien’s nationality, race, sex, or any other invidious classification. The Order violates that commitment, and harms the Nation’s economy and competitiveness in the process.

The Order Violates Due Process Because it is Arbitrary and Capricious

The Order issues an overbroad, seven-country ban on immigration that lacks any basis in precedent.  . . . The Order says that its purpose is to “prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists or criminals.” Order § 3(c). But the ban it imposes applies to millions of individuals who could not plausibly be foreign terrorists: hundreds of thousands of students, employees, and family members of citizens who have already been admitted to the United States; thousands of visa-holders who have already passed the Nation’s rigorous screening process; and countless peaceful individuals residing or born in the targeted countries. The Order is also under-inclusive with respect to its goal; a number of countries left off the list have a  greater incidence of terrorist attacks than the seven the Order includes.
. . . The Executive Order vests immigration officials with open-ended discretion to make exceptions to the immigration ban, as to both visa holders (Order §3(g)) and refugees (id 
. § 5(e)).   . . . These provisions establish precisely the sort of arbitrary enforcement scheme that both the Due Process Clause and the immigration laws prohibit. It is inconceivable that thousands of border patrol and consular officers, adjudicating millions of visa applications and requests for entry around the globe, will agree even in broad terms when admission is “in the national interest.”

The full brief is below.  The signatories are as follows:


1. AdRoll, Inc.

2. Aeris Communications, Inc.

3. Airbnb, Inc.

4. AltSchool, PBC

5., LLC

6. Appboy, Inc.

7. Apple Inc.

8. AppNexus Inc.

9. Asana, Inc.

10. Atlassian Corp Plc

11. Autodesk, Inc.

12. Automattic Inc.

13. Box, Inc.

14. Brightcove Inc.

15. Brit + Co

16. CareZone Inc.

17. Castlight Health

18. Checkr, Inc.

19. Chobani, LLC

20. Citrix Systems, Inc.

21. Cloudera, Inc.

22. Cloudflare, Inc.

23. Copia Institute

24. DocuSign, Inc.

25. DoorDash, Inc.

26. Dropbox, Inc.

27. Dynatrace LLC

28. eBay Inc.

29. Engine Advocacy

30. Etsy Inc.

31. Facebook, Inc.

32. Fastly, Inc.

33. Flipboard, Inc.

34. Foursquare Labs, Inc.

35. Fuze, Inc.

36. General Assembly

37. GitHub

38. Glassdoor, Inc.

39. Google Inc.

40. GoPro, Inc.

41. Harmonic Inc.

42. Hipmunk, Inc

43. Indiegogo, Inc.

44. Intel Corporation

45. JAND, Inc. d/b/a Warby Parker

46. Kargo Global, Inc.

47. Kickstarter, PBC


49. Knotel

50. Levi Strauss & Co.

51. LinkedIn Corporation

52. Lithium Technologies, Inc.

53. Lyft, Inc.

54. Mapbox, Inc.

55. Maplebear Inc. d/b/a Instacart

56. Marin Software Incorporated

57. Medallia, Inc.

58. A Medium Corporation

59. Meetup, Inc.

60. Microsoft Corporation

61. Motivate International Inc.

62. Mozilla Corporation

63. Netflix, Inc.

64. NETGEAR, Inc.

65. NewsCred, Inc.

66. Patreon, Inc.

67. PayPal Holdings, Inc.

68. Pinterest, Inc.

69. Quora, Inc.

70. Reddit, Inc.

71. Rocket Fuel Inc.

72. SaaStr Inc.

73., Inc.

74. Scopely, Inc.

75. Shutterstock, Inc.

76. Snap Inc.

77. Spokeo, Inc.

78. Spotify USA Inc.

79. Square, Inc.

80. Squarespace, Inc.

81. Strava, Inc.

82. Stripe, Inc.

83. SurveyMonkey Inc.

84. TaskRabbit, Inc

85. Tech:NYC

86. Thumbtack, Inc.

87. Turn Inc.

88. Twilio Inc.

89. Twitter Inc.

90. Uber Technologies, Inc.

91. Via

92. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

93. Workday

94. Y Combinator Management, LLC

95. Yelp Inc.

96. Zynga Inc.

ADDED Feb. 6, 2017

97. Adobe Systems Inc.

98. Affirm, Inc.

99. Ampush LLC

100. Brocade Communications Systems Inc.

101. Bungie, Inc.

102. Casper Sleep, Inc.

103. Cavium, Inc.

104. Chegg, Inc.

105. ClassPass Inc.

106. Coursera

107. EquityZen Inc.

108. Evernote

109. Gusto

110. Handy Technologies, Inc.

111. HP Inc.

112. IAC/InterActive Corp.

113. Linden Lab

114. Managed by Q Inc.

115. MobileIron

116. New Relic, Inc.

117. Pandora Media, Inc.

118. Planet Labs Inc.

119. RPX Corporation

120. Shift Technologies, Inc.

121. Slack Technologies, Inc.

122. SpaceX

123. Tesla, Inc.

124. TripAdvisor, Inc.

125. Udacity, Inc.

126. Zendesk, Inc.

127. Zenefits

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