Tuesday, January 31, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Mozilla Statement on Trump Administration’s US Immigration Ban [ Example of US IT Industries Uniting Against Trump]

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From: Mozilla <Mozilla@e.mozilla.org>
Date: 31 January 2017 at 16:47
Subject: Statement on Trump Administration's US Immigration Ban
To: toyin.adepoju@gmail.com

This is why Mozilla has taken a public position against the US immigration ban
Hello Oluwatoyin,
This past weekend the Trump Administration signed an executive order to temporarily suspend travel into the United States for individuals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya. This is troubling for us as a community on many levels.
Mozilla is a global community of people sharing ideas and working together. We believe in opportunity for all, freedom of ideas, and that multiculturalism is crucial to building a true global community. This is why Mozilla has taken a public position against the US immigration ban.
Please read the full statement from Mozilla CEO Chris Beard below:
US Immigration Ban
Chris Beard January 28, 2017
The immigration ban imposed by Friday's executive order is overly broad and its implementation is highly disruptive to fostering a culture of innovation and economic growth.
By slamming the door on talented immigrants –including those already legally in the United States and those seeking to enter – the ban will create a barrier to innovation, economic development and global impact. Immigrants bring world class skills and expertise to build advanced technology that can improve the lives of people everywhere. The ban will have an unnecessary negative impact to the health and safety of those affected and their families, not to mention rejecting refugees fleeing persecution, terror and war.
The executive order ignores the single truth that we have come to know; talented immigrants have had outsized contributions to the growth and prosperity of the United States and countries around the world. Diversity in all of its forms is crucial to growth, innovation and a healthy, inclusive society.
We recognize the rights of sovereign nations to protect their security, but believe that this overly broad order and its implementation does not create an appropriate and necessary balance. It's a bad precedent, ignores history, and is likely to do more lasting harm than good.
It is a time of great change in the United States and around the world. It's our responsibility to stand up for our colleagues, our community and the values of open source and the open Web.
Thank you so much,
Mark Surman
Executive Director
Mozilla Foundation
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