Thousands of Google employees protested U.S. President Donald Trump's recent executive order blocking immigration.
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(CCM) — Over two thousand employees of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, staged protests across various cities against U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigration from seven Muslim countries. This opposition hits close to home for Google because its CEO, Sundar Pichai, and co-founder, Sergey Brin, are both immigrants and at least 187 of the company’s employees are visa holders. Pichai also sent a letter to the company’s overseas employees asking them to return immediately.
In a short address, he said: “We are upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the U.S.” Brin also talked about his experience emigrating to the U.S., saying: “We spent two hours this morning talking about all of this. There is large work that remains to be done.” Some Google employees who are affected by Trump’s order also joined the assembly to address their colleagues. During the meeting, several Google employees raised concerns about the company's response to the new president’s executive order and immigration policy. The internet giant has set up a $4 million fund for immigrants, which includes $2 million raised by its own employees.
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