162 Tech Companies Urge Court to Block Trump Travel Ban

Over 160 tech companies, including Airbnb, Amazon, Adobe, Automattic Inc, Box, Cloudflare, Dropbox, eBay, EA Inc, Etsy, Evernote, Facebook, GitHub, Google, GoPro, HP, Imgur, Indiegogo, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Lyft, Microsoft, Mozilla, Netflix, Patreon, PayPal, Pinterest, Quora, Reddit, Shutterstock, Spotify, Tumblr, Wikimedia Foundation, Upwork, Yahoo, Yelp and Zinga, have filed an amicus brief with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals urging the court to uphold the Maryland federal court’s injunction against the ban.

In addition to the court’s finding that it unconstitutionally discriminated based on religion (i.e., the order was a “Muslim travel ban”), the companies urged the court to find that the Trump administration exceeded its authority by making sweeping changes to the entire system governing eligibility for entry into the U.S. without following notice and comment procedures required under the Administrative Procedures Act.

The companies stress that:

Like the First Executive Order, the Second Order effects a fundamental shift in the rules governing entry into the United States, and is inflicting substantial harm on U.S. companies, their employees, and the entire economy. It hinders the ability of American companies to attract talented employees; increases costs imposed on business;makes it more difficult for American firms to compete in the international marketplace; and gives global enterprises a new, significant incentive to build operations—and hire new employees—outside the United States.

The full brief is below.