Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai has criticized United States President Donald Trump’s immigration order banning foreign nationals from seven Muslim majority countries, which has affected at least 187 Google employees.
Pichai, who was raised in India, told staff in an email that it was “painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues.”
“We’re upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the US,” he said in the email, a copy of which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
“We wouldn’t wish this fear and uncertainty on anyone—and especially not our fellow Googlers,” he added.
The executive order Trump signed Friday (Jan. 27) bans people from the following countries from entering the US for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It also ordered an indefinite ban on the entry of Syrian refugees into the US.
Trump has justified the order as a way to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists.”
Pichai said Googlers affected by the ban and needing help should get in touch with the company’s security team.
Another tech executive, Facebook CEO Marck Zuckerberg, has also criticized Trump for the immigration order.
“We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation,” he said in a Facebook post.