Legal challenges to President Trump’s travel ban are flying in thick and fast.People protest against President Donald Trump’s travel ban in New York.Thomson Reuters
The latest is a brief from 97 tech firms, including Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Google, filed Sunday as part of a case brought by Minnesota and Washington State against the travel ban.
The companies have filed something called an amicus brief, which can be filed by parties which have a strong interest in the case but aren’t directly taking part.
According to Bloomberg, the brief outlines the importance of immigrants to the US economy. It says:
“Immigrants make many of the Nation’s greatest discoveries, and create some of the country’s most innovative and iconic companies. America has long recognized the importance of protecting ourselves against those who would do us harm. But it has done so while maintaining our fundamental commitment to welcoming immigrants—through increased background checks and other controls on people seeking to enter our country.”
Other companies listed include Netflix, Spotify, Lyft, and LinkedIn.
Amazon is not among the companies on the amicus brief, but executives filed legal documents earlier this week acknowledging its employees would be directly affected by the ban.
Tesla is also missing from the list. CEO Elon Musk sits on Trump’s business advisory council, which had its first meeting on Friday. The meeting is not public, and Musk subsequently tweeted that he had put immigration top of the agenda.
Uber does appear on the list. CEO Travis Kalanick resigned his position on Trump’s council a day before its first meeting after massive outcry among Uber’s users.
Trump’s team is appealing the case in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, after a federal judge temporarily suspended the travel ban last week. Trump took to Twitter over the weekend to attack the judge, James Robart, calling his decision “ridiculous”. It’s expected that the appeals court will make a decision on Monday on whether to block Robart’s order.
Here’s the brief in full: