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Airbnb opposes the Supreme Court ruling on the travel ban


The U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s ban on travel from several largely Muslim countries. Essentially, the court stated that the ban or restrictions are within the president’s authority. In the dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor stated: “Taking all the relevant evidence together, a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was driven primarily by anti-Muslim animus, rather than by the Government’s asserted national-security justifications.”

travel ban supreme courtAirbnb agrees, along with other technology companies, with Justice Sotomayor more than the majority opinion.

Airbnb quickly issued a statement and video. One sentence states their position clearly: “To restrict travel based on a person’s nationality or religion is wrong.” Microsoft, Lyft, and Mozilla also issued statements. Also, over 100 companies filed an amicus brief opposing the ban. Companies included in the mix were Amazon, Salesforce, Snap, and Verizon.


  • With the travel ban, technology companies argue that they will lose access to the best talent and lose competitiveness.
  • In a 2016 report from the National Foundation for American Policy, over half of all U.S.-based startups worth more than $1 billion were founded or co-founded by immigrants.
  • Several universities, Northeastern University and Princeton, issued statements opposing the Supreme Court ruling since it will halt the flow of scholars and stall scientific and health research.
  • Some argue that the ruling supports the rule of law, meaning the president’s orders are lawful under the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Constitution. The court’s role is to focus on the law not the resistance efforts.

Quests and Actions (Q&A):

  • Technology companies are not winning in their opposition to immigration constraints. What should they do differently, if anything?
  • Is this ruling about the rule of law or bias against a specific religion?
  • What impacts will limits on diversity and immigration have on our technology and science leadership?

Source: Vox, Fast Company, Yahoo, The Atlantic, Wired, Wall Street Journal

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