Apple CEO Tim Cook blasted Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” on Saturday, saying that immigration has been essential to Apple’s corporate climate.
“Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do,” Cook wrote in an email to Apple staff.
“I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.”
Cook quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the note to employees: “In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, ‘We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.’”
The statement comes after Apple CEO spent Thursday and Friday in Washington, D.C., meeting with senators, dining with the president’s daughter and son-in-law as well as Trump’s nominee to be Veterans Affairs Secretary.
The executive order signed on Friday prohibits foreign nationals from seven predominantly Muslims countries – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya from entering the U.S.
The Trump order also bars Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. indefinitely, and halts all refugee resettlements for four months while official aim to tighten the vetting process, which is already the strictest in the world.
Here is the full letter to Apple employees:
In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I’ve made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.
I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.
There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday’s immigration order. Our HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with them, and Apple will do everything we can to support them. We’re providing resources on AppleWeb for anyone with questions or concerns about immigration policies. And we have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company.
As I’ve said many times, diversity makes our team stronger. And if there’s one thing I know about the people at Apple, it’s the depth of our empathy and support for one another. It’s as important now as it’s ever been, and it will not weaken one bit. I know I can count on all of you to make sure everyone at Apple feels welcome, respected and valued.
Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship. Our employees represent the finest talent in the world, and our team hails from every corner of the globe.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.”