Big news over the weekend came from states, organizations, and public and private companies speaking out against President Trump’s immigration restrictions. Moreover, the long-awaited Super Bowl commercials took their 30-second to 1-minute ad space to fuel the controversy. It seems that the heavyweights are trying to warn the country that this action could hurt our economy.
On Sunday, major U.S. tech companies such as Alphabet (Google), Apple, Facebook, and nearly 100 others, argued in a letter to the President that banning visitors would hurt their businesses. In their court filing, the companies shared their thoughts: “The tremendous impact of immigrants on America — and on American business — is not happenstance,” adding that “people who choose to leave everything that is familiar and journey to an unknown land to make a new life necessarily are endowed with drive, creativity, determination — and just plain guts.” Their opinions are shared by many, but when it comes to national security, the President has an obligation to put Americans’ lives first.
President Trump will have to overcome several obstacles to enforce this security measure. With respect to the tech companies’ concerns about the ban hurting their businesses, they must keep in mind that it is a temporary action to ensure the safety of those within our borders. Our economy has certainly thrived on the contributions from inventive immigrants throughout generations, but business will continue as usual even with a safety precaution such as this.