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Apple considers legal action against Trump’s immigration ban

Published Feb 1st, 2017 11:21AM EST
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After telling employees a few days ago that Apple did not support Donald Trump’s stance against immigration, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said he’s considering legal options against Trump.

Cook told The Wall Street Journal that hundreds of Apple employees have been affected by the order and that he continues to contact “very, very senior people in the White House” to tell them why repealing the executive order benefits Apple and the country.

Cook also said that he receives plenty of emails from concerned Apple staff detailing “heart-wrenching stories” related to the Muslim ban.

“These are people that have friends and family. They’re co-workers. They’re taxpayers. They’re key parts of the community,” Mr. Cook said, detailing a case of an employee who’s about to have a child and the future grandparents have Canadian and Iranian citizenship and won’t be able to meet the baby.

“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special,” Cook said. “We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”

Cook did not say what legal options Apple is pursuing, but he did say that “we want to be constructive and productive.”

It’s unclear who Cook is talking to in the White House, but the CEO already met Trump following his election. Furthermore, a few days ago, Cook had dinner with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner in Washington D.C.

Amazon on Monday submitted a declaration of support for a lawsuit filed against Trump’s order by the Washington state attorney general. Reuters reported on Monday that Microsoft was also working with Washington state on a suit against Trump

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Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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