Apple: What Tim Cook said about Trump’s immigration ban–Update

Remember, Steve Jobs’ biological father was a Syrian political refugee.


In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I’ve made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.

I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.

There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday’s immigration order. Our HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with them, and Apple will do everything we can to support them. We’re providing resources on AppleWeb for anyone with questions or concerns about immigration policies. And we have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company.

As I’ve said many times, diversity makes our team stronger. And if there’s one thing I know about the people at Apple, it’s the depth of our empathy and support for one another. It’s as important now as it’s ever been, and it will not weaken one bit. I know I can count on all of you to make sure everyone at Apple feels welcome, respected and valued.

Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship. Our employees represent the finest talent in the world, and our team hails from every corner of the globe.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.”


 Source: BuzzFeed

UPDATE: Cook returned to the subject on Feb. 8 at the University of Glasgow, where he receiving an honorary doctorate. See In Scotland, Apple’s CEO blasts Trump’s ban (video).


  1. John Kirk said:
    I try very hard to stay away from politics on the internet, but lately I feel like politics won’t stay away from me. I feel very strongly that a nation of immigrants has no moral right to place a blanket ban on immigration. Some of the most shameful moments in this country’s history came as we banned Chinese, and jews and later locked up those of Japanese heritage at the start of World War two.

    And from a practical point of view, a ban on immigration borders on the insane. One of America’s great strengths is that we absorb the brilliant minds from around the world. Immigrants are the lifeblood of a country. Instead of rejecting them, we should thank our lucky stars that they still want to come here, contribute and call the U.S. their home.

    My immigration policy is written on the bottom of the Statue of Liberty:

    “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    January 29, 2017

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