Mark Zuckerberg has penned an emotional response to Donald Trump’s anti-immigration orders, writing that immigrants are ‘our future’.
Trump has effectively barred entry to the US from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, and has also placed an indefinite ban on refugees entering the country – even if they had already been granted asylum.
As a result of the orders, which were suddenly imposed on Friday night with immediate effect, people have reportedly been left stranded at American airports with nowhere to go.
Breaking his silence on the shocking policy changes, Zuckerberg wrote of his vehement disagreement with Trump’s plan to build a wall at the Mexican border, and of his own and his wife’s immigrant backgrounds.
Mark Zuckerberg’s post on Donald Trump in full:
‘My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. Priscilla’s parents were refugees from China and Vietnam. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that.
‘Like many of you, I’m concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump.
‘We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don’t pose a threat will live in fear of deportation.
‘We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That’s who we are. Had we turned away refugees a few decades ago, Priscilla’s family wouldn’t be here today.
‘That said, I was glad to hear President Trump say he’s going to “work something out” for Dreamers – immigrants who were brought to this country at a young age by their parents. Right now, 750,000 Dreamers benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows them to live and work legally in the US. I hope the President and his team keep these protections in place, and over the next few weeks I’ll be working with our team at FWD.us to find ways we can help.
‘I’m also glad the President believes our country should continue to benefit from “people of great talent coming into the country”.
‘These issues are personal for me even beyond my family. A few years ago, I taught a class at a local middle school where some of my best students were undocumented. They are our future too. We are a nation of immigrants, and we all benefit when the best and brightest from around the world can live, work and contribute here.
‘I hope we find the courage and compassion to bring people together and make this world a better place for everyone.’
Tech companies in the US, which rely on highly-skilled workers being hired from around the world and brought over on special H1-B visas, will be hit particularly hard by Trump’s immigration orders.
Google told the BBC it was recalling around 100 of its employees who are travelling abroad, over fears for their status in the US.
At the same time, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is warning people who may be affected not to leave the country in case they can’t return.
The immigration orders apply to Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia and Libya.
However, the Muslim-majority countries with which Trump has business ties – including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Turkey – are all exempt.