Uber, Airbnb slam new travel ban

Uber, Airbnb slam new travel ban
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Airbnb and Uber called out the Trump administration on Monday over the president’s new executive order temporarily banning people from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the country.

“Barring people from entering our country because of where they're from was wrong the first time around - still wrong,” Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky wrote on Twitter.

 

 

"Our sentiment has not changed: President Trump's immigration ban is unjust and wrong,” added an Uber spokesperson in a statement to The Hill. “We will continue to stand up for those in the Uber community affected."

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President Trump’s new executive order bans the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. It comes after implementation of the previous order, which blocked entry from all of the above nations plus Iraq, was halted by a federal court. 

The new order removes Iraq from the list of countries from which travel is temporarily banned and halts all refugee admissions to the U.S. for four months. The previous order also contained that provision, but it indefinitely barred Syrian refugees as well.

The administration also struck language that would have given preference to religious minorities — such as Christians from the Middle East — once refugee resettlement resumes.

The earlier travel ban was widely condemned among tech companies, a number of whom signed on to a legal filing in support of a lawsuit to put a halt to the executive order.

Uber and Airbnb were among the first major tech companies to come out against the new measure in the hours after it was signed Monday morning.

Lyft CEO Logan Green piled on later Monday, saying that he and co-founder John Zimmer would be collaborating with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) efforts targeting the order.  

“Lyft stands firmly against this order," Green said in a statement. "We will continue to speak out and take action when the values of our community are put at risk. John and I are meeting with the Executive Director of the ACLU on Wednesday to discuss how we can further support their efforts.”

Updated 4:28 p.m. Ali Breland contributed.