Canadian Tech Community Pens Open Letter In Response To Trump’s #MuslimBan

Over the weekend, President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel to the United States from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia for 90 days. He’s also suspended bringing in refugees from Syria for an indefinite amount of time. Because those countries are Muslim majority countries, he’s effectively banning people based on faith.

In response to this, The Canadian tech community has issued an open letter to the world that condemns the actions taken by President Trump. The letter also calls on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately give temporary residency to those displaced by the U.S. order. That’s something that may happen tonight as the Canadian Parliament is going to hold an emergency debate on the issue. As I type this, over 1000 people from 600 companies have signed this letter. Many of whom are C-Level execs, and includes many notable names in Canada’s tech community. These people have joined their counterparts in the US who have also denounced this move by Trump.

My take on this issue goes something like this. We all benefit from having diverse views and experiences at the table. We hurt ourselves when we exclude people for any reason from any discussion. This ban is nothing short of overt racism towards those of the Muslim faith. Thus this cannot be tolerated.

You can add your name to the letter here.


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