US: Amazon, Expedia, GitHub back lawsuit against Trump immigration bans

On Monday Amazon and Expedia filed declarations of support for Washington state’s lawsuit against Trump’s executive order. This executive order things temporarily bans immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. There is also a tech industry meeting set for Tuesday to explore filing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit against the bans.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told his employees in an email Monday that the company is also exploring other legal options, and that it is seeking to work with Congress on legislative action, according to several media reports.

“This executive order is one we do not support,” Bezos wrote. He said the United States is known for “harnessing” immigrants’ talents and that it’s “a distinctive competitive advantage for our country.” He ended the email by saying that affected employees — at least a few dozen, according to the company’s filing — should know that “the full extent of Amazon’s resources are behind you.”

Travel site Expedia also stressed that the ban could hurt its business.

Meanwhile, Github was organising a meeting of tech companies Tuesday to discuss how the industry can lend its legal support to a lawsuit against the bans, although it’s unclear which lawsuit that would be. Among those invited are Google, Netflix, Salesforce, Airbnb and SpaceX.

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