Apple, Google, Facebook and Uber have drafted an open letter to president Donald Trump urging him to rethink the hastily imposed travel ban that caused chaos in the US last week and risks impacting numerous firms ability to retain high-quality talent.
The draft letter, first reported by Recode, shows the tech companies explaining why they think the system must be more carefully thought out.
"We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today's security needs and keeps our country safe. We are concerned, however, that your recent executive order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country's success," they write.
"In a global economy, it is critical that we continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world."
They welcome recent climb-downs by the administration to make it easier for some people to enter the country, but say that the plans put in place are still too broad and need refining, or removing.
"While security and vetting procedures can and should always be subject to continuous evaluation and improvement, a blanket suspension is not the right approach."
The letter ends with an appeal to Trump's apparent business acumen and ego, saying they recognise his desire to boost the US economy, but that hampering the movement of workers into the nation will not achieve this.
"The business community shares your commitment to growing the American economy and expanding job creation across the country. We hire both thousands of Americans and some of the most talented people from abroad, who work together to help our companies succeed and expand our overall employment," it ends.
"As you contemplate changes to the nation's complex and interconnected immigration policies, whether business and employment-based visas, refugees, or DACA, we hope that you will use us as a resource to help achieve immigration policies that both support the work of American businesses and reflect American values."
The letter is notable for its conciliatory tone, which stands in contrast to the fact many other high-profile tech companies have actively spoken out against the ban, and some have started legal action, including Amazon and Expedia who have backed an action by the Washington attorney general against the government.
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