Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote a letter to his company’s employees on Monday criticizing Donald Trump’s executive order blocking foreign nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
“This executive order is one we do not support,” Bezos wrote, adding that Amazon was reaching out to lawmakers to pursue legislative options. “Our public policy team in D.C. has reached out to senior administration officials to make our opposition clear.”
Bezos, who is also the owner of the Washington Post, said Amazon would support the Washington State attorney general who is filing a lawsuit against Trump’s order. Washington is the first state to file a suit against the order. Microsoft is also supporting the Washington State AG’s suit.
Here’s the email in its entirety:
A quick update on where we are. This executive order is one we do not support. Our public policy team in D.C. has reached out to senior administration officials to make our opposition clear. We’ve also reached out to congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to explore legislative options. Our legal team has prepared a declaration of support for the Washington State Attorney General who will be filing suit against the order. We are working other legal options as well.
We’re a nation of immigrants whose diverse backgrounds, ideas, and points of view have helped us build and invent as a nation for over 240 years. No nation is better at harnessing the energies and talents of immigrants. It’s a distinctive competitive advantage for our country—one we should not weaken.
To our employees in the U.S. and around the world who may be directly affected by this order, I want you to know that the full extent of Amazon’s resources are behind you.