A group of 97 U.S tech companies have filed a legal document stating that President Donald Trump‘s immigration ban affects their operations and inflicts significant harm on their businesses. These companies include Apple, Facebook and Microsoft among others.
The document is an amicus brief which was filed in Washington yesterday, allows parties not directly involved in a case but who feel they are affected by it, to give their view.
Trump’s executive order halted the entire US refugee programme for 120 days, indefinitely banned Syrian refugees and suspended permission to enter the US for all nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.
There is currently a nationwide temporary restraining order in place. It was issued on Friday by a federal judge in Washington.
Visa holders from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen will be allowed to enter the U.S. until the full case has been heard.
The president says national security is at risk as a result.
“Of course, the federal government can and should implement targeted, appropriate adjustments to the nation’s immigration system to enhance the nation’s security,” reads the tech group’s brief.
“But a broad, open-ended ban – together with an indication that the ban could be expanded to other countries without notice – does not fit the goal of making the country more secure. Instead, it will undermine American interests,” the brief added.