Tim Cook, together with the CEO of Google, YouTube, and Tesla said that he did not agree with the choice of the president of the United States to suspend work visas for immigrants.
On Monday, the president, Donald Trump has signed an executive order that suspends work visas for foreigners. The order also includes the L-1 visa, which allows companies to transfer staff from abroad in the United States, and the visa H-1B, which allows companies to hire workers and graduates in specialist professions.
Tim Cook has condemned this move of Trump on Twitter, stating that diversity is a positive quality, rather than an obstacle to be overcome.
Like Apple, this nation of immigrants has always found strength in our diversity, and hope in the enduring promise of the American Dream. There is no new prosperity without both. Deeply disappointed by this proclamation.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 23, 2020
Cook was not the only one to expose himself publicly against the new restrictions on visas. Even the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, has condemned the executive order of Trump.
Immigration has contributed immensely to America’s economic success, making it a global leader in tech, and also Google the company it is today. Disappointed by today’s proclamation – we’ll continue to stand with immigrants and work to expand opportunity for encl
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) June 22, 2020
CNBC points out that, according to the Migration Policy Institute, almost 219.000 workers may be blocked from entering and working in the United States. The giants of technology often rely on the H-1B program, which allows 85,000 “specialists” to move to the United States with their families.
By 2019, Amazon has received more visas H-1B than any other company in the United States, so much so that a spokesman for the company spoke about this situation:
Block the entry of highly qualified professionals in the Country that can contribute to the economic recovery of America puts at risk the global competitiveness of the american.
In October 2019, Tim Cook, along with the SVP of Apple, Deirdre O’brien, presented a briefing at the Supreme Court in support of the conservation program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In the same month Cook continued to urge the Senate of the United States for it to be approved the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, stating that “immigrants make this country stronger and our economy more dynamic“.