AMAZON IS FUNDING a legal challenge against US president Donald Trump's travel ban that stops citizens from seven Muslim countries from travelling to America.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said the firm will be supporting Washington state, which is suing the President over the controversial immigration order.
"This executive order is one we do not support," said Bezos. "We're a nation of immigrants whose diverse backgrounds, ideas and points of view have helped us build and invent as a nation for over 240 years.
"To our employees in the US and around the world who may be directly affected by this order, I want you to know that the full extent of Amazon's resources are behind you."
In an email seen by Recode, Bezos confirms that the company will be throwing its weight behind Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson who has launched legal action against Trump's "un-American and unlawful" ban
"We reached out to congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to explore legislative options," Bezos said in the message.
"Our legal team has prepared a declaration of support for the Washington state attorney general who will be filing suit against the order. We are working other legal options as well."
Since Amazon pledged its support for the state's action, other tech companies have been quick to follow suit.
Travel service Expedia, whose chief executive, Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, is also supporting the legal challenge.
He told employees: "The president's order represents the worst of his proclivity toward rash action versus thoughtfulness. Ours is a nation of immigrants. These are our roots, this is our soul. All erased with the stroke of a pen."
Reuters reports that Microsoft is also throwing its support behind the lawsuit. The firm's CEO Satya Nadella, originally from Hyderabad, India, said over the weekend: "As an immigrant and as a CEO, I've both experienced and seen the positive impact that immigration has on our company, for the country, and for the world. We will continue to advocate on this important topic."
A separate report at Raw Story claims that a group of other tech companies, including GitHub and Kickstarter, will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss filing an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit.
Michal Rosenn, general counsel for fundraising company Kickstarter, commented: "We're all very shaken. We're shaken to see our neighbours and our families and our friends targeted in this way. All of us are trying to think about what we can do." µ
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