Report: Tech Giants Criticizing Immigration Executive Order Donated to Trump Inauguration

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Many of the technology giants who condemn President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration donated to Trump’s inauguration, according to a report from POLITICO.

Analysis of federal documents found that companies including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft provided significant donations to the celebrations around Donald Trump’s inauguration, as well as offering technical help.

Microsoft donated $250,000 to the campaign, while Amazon and Google both gave undisclosed amounts, as well as providing technical assistance free of charge. Although Facebook did not give a cash donation, they set up Instagram photo booths as well as a mini Oval Office for party goers.

Following his victory in November, President Donald Trump met with a range of technology executives, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to discuss the future of the technology industry under his administration.

However, since Trump’s executive order temporarily halting immigration from seven terror prone countries to allow substantive vetting measures to be put in place, Trump has received widespread condemnation from the technology industry.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticized the ban, saying that “America must keep the door open to refugees,” whilst Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos confirmed he was exploring legal options to fight the order.

Meanwhile, Google CEO Sundar Picha sent a note to his employees saying that it was “painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues.”

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