Airbnb comes out against Supreme Court decision upholding Trump travel ban

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Airbnb came out against the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Trump’s travel ban on majority Muslim countries on Tuesday. 

“We are profoundly disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the travel ban — a policy that goes against our mission and values,” Airbnb co-founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk said in a joint statement on Twitter. 

“To restrict travel based on a person’s nationality or religion is wrong,” the statement continued. “We believe that travel is a transformative and powerful experience, and we will continue to open doors and build bridges between cultures around the world.”

{mosads}The company’s statement came shortly after the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on Tuesday morning to uphold the president’s travel ban, saying Trump has broad discretion to suspend the entry of aliens into the country.  

“The president lawfully exercised that discretion based on his findings — following a worldwide, multi-agency review — that entry of the covered aliens would be detrimental to the national interest,” Chief Justice John Roberts said.  

Airbnb also called out the Trump administration last year when the president’s executive order temporarily banning people from Muslim-majority nations from entering the country first took place.

“Barring people from entering our country because of where they’re from was wrong the first time around — still wrong,” Chesky said at the time.

Trump’s travel ban was widely condemned by tech companies last year, a number of whom later signed on to a legal filing in support of a lawsuit to put a halt to the controversial executive order.

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