97 major tech companies — including Google, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, and more — have signed a legal challenge to Donald Trump's recent executive order which bans travel and immigration for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, BuzzFeed News reports.
The amici curiae (friends of the court) brief, signed early Monday morning, follows the US government's emergency request to resume the travel ban and argues that the executive order violates immigration law and the Constitution.
"For decades, stable U.S. immigration policy has embodied the principles that we are a people descended from immigrants, that we welcome new immigrants, and that we provide a home for refugees seeking protection,” the brief reads. "At the same time, America has long recognized the importance of protecting ourselves against those who would do us harm. But it has done so while maintaining our fundamental commitment to welcoming immigrants — through increased background checks and other controls on people seeking to enter our country.”
US District Court Judge James Robart suspended Trump's order last Friday and his ruling remains in place. A federal appeals court denied the government's emergency request to resume the ban on Sunday and have asked both sides to file briefs before it makes its final decision.