Bloomberg Signs Amicus Brief Opposing Trump's Travel Ban

Sep 26, 2017 12:20 PM ET

Bloomberg Signs Amicus Brief Opposing Trump's Travel Ban

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While often rivals in business, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are among 161 tech companies collectively asking the Supreme Court to strike down the Trump administration’s second travel ban. The companies range from sharing economy businesses Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, to the entertainment giant Netflix, to the internet provider Verizon, to music streamers Pandora and Spotify.

The companies, including most of Silicon Valley’s most prominent tech giants, filed an amicus “friend of the court” briefing with the nation’s highest court Monday asking justices to strike down Trump’s second attempt at the ban on immigrants from Syria, Libya, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan.

Companies’ legal brief to justices — who will hear oral arguments on the ban in October — describe the executive order as “a significant shift in the rules governing entry into the United States,” and one that is “inflicting substantial harm on American companies, their employees, and the entire economy.”

“It hinders the ability of American companies to attract talented employees; increases costs imposed on business; makes it more difficult for American firms to compete in the international marketplace; and gives global enterprises a new, significant incentive to build operations—and hire new employees—outside the United States,” the filing reads.

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