Google (Alphabet) has created a $4 million crisis fund for those who are affected by President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, according to USA Today. The $2 million fund can be matched by up to another $2 million from employees of the company.
All of the donations received to the fund will be sent towards four primary organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and UNHCR, the UN agency responsible for protecting refugees. This is the largest humanitarian campaign that the company has ever created.
This executive order temporary bars immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries which affected at least 187 Google employees according to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Pichai has openly criticized Trump’s ban saying that it is “painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues.
Google also has released a statement on the crisis which states the following: “We’re concerned 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. We’ll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere.”
“WE’LL CONTINUE TO MAKE OUR VIEWS ON THESE ISSUES KNOWN TO LEADERS IN WASHINGTON AND ELSEWHERE.”
Many tech executives have spoken out against President Trump’s executive order including NetFlix CEO Reed Hastings who stated that “Trump’s actions… are so un-American it pains us all.” On the more polite end of the spectrum, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said simply that he was “concerned” about the order.
Other companies have also jumped on board to offer more concrete support including Lyft who will donate more than $1 million over the next four years to the ACLU, while Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said that the company will provide free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed into the U.S.
Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) January 29, 2017