The tech industry’s top executives have blasted the president’s new executive order barring people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. and warned against what they described as the threat of discrimination.
In a statement on Monday, the American Association of Government Employees, which represents more than 7 million government workers, called the executive order “an outrageous, discriminatory and misguided move that does not represent our nation’s interests.”
“This executive order is contrary to the American values of inclusion and openness that we all embrace,” the union said.
“We are committed to working with all interested parties to resolve this matter, including the incoming administration.”
The tech industry, which accounts for roughly 8 percent of total federal spending, has long been a champion of immigrants in the United States, and has a long history of fighting for immigrants rights.
“The tech sector is committed to supporting the diversity of our nation,” a tech industry representative told the Washington Examiner in a statement.
“And our employees, partners and customers have always made this a priority.”
The statement from the union echoed a similar sentiment issued Monday by the National Association of Manufacturers, which has long supported immigrants in this country.
“Our technology workers and the American people have the same values and expectations.
They want to be part of a thriving economy that produces the best products and services for all Americans,” the association said.”
We urge President Trump to immediately stop the executive orders that would discriminate against people based on nationality and religious beliefs.”
Trump has used the executive authority issued by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to temporarily ban entry of refugees and travelers from seven countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The executive order also temporarily bans the entry of people from Iran, Libya, Somalia and Sudan.
It also suspends the entry to the United Kingdom of certain individuals from those countries, indefinitely bars the entry into the United State of certain nationals from those nations, and bans the admission of Syrian refugees.
It also bans the use of the United Nations refugee agency for refugee resettlement in the U-Haul and United States Postal Service delivery of mail, as well as the use by the U