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Nearly 100 tech giants fight Trump's travel ban in courtApple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among the 97 companies to join forces against the president's immigration ban, telling the court the executive order is "unlawful."
The U.S. technology industry is not happy with President Donald Trump. Leading tech companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are among the 97 businesses that joined forces to file a legal brief against Trump's immigration ban arguing tha the executive order is unlawful. The order prohibits Citizens of seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the US for ninety days. The administration says it crafted it with the intention to prevent terrorists from entering the country, but leading technology companies argue Brief that the order violates immigration laws and the constitution. The brief also states that the order is discriminatory and that it would hurt their businesses by making it more difficult to recruit talent and compete in the global market and, in effect It would encourage companies to expand operations outside of the United States. The Amicus brief was filed Sunday evening in the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. It was done in support of a lawsuit first filed last week by the Washington State Attorney General. Most of the 97 businesses in the filing are tech companies. 20s including Airbnb, eBay, LinkedIn, Lift, Uber, Tweeter, Yelp, Reddit, Salesforce, Spotify, Intel, and Netflix that's just to name a few. But it also includes some companies outside of tech like jeans manufacturer Levi Strauss and yogurt maker Chobani. Having nearly a hundred companies worked together to speak with one voice in a single legal statement Is quite out of the ordinary. But these are not ordinary times. The contentious policy came within Trump's first two weeks in office and it led to a week of protests across the nation. The order also impacted many employees of these tech companies. Google alone had over 180 employees affected. On Friday, a federal judge in Seattle put a temporary block on the travel ban order. The Trump administration has a Monday deadline to justify the order and the court will consider the legal brief filed from these tech companies as it also considers Trump's arguments to reinstate the ban. I'm Bridget Carey. You can keep up with the latest developments on CNET.COM.