Google CEO Sundar Pichai has issued a memo to Google staff members currently overseas, ordering them to return to the US immediately if affected by an executive order from President Donald Trump that banned travel from seven majority-Muslim countries. Bloomberg Technology obtained a copy of the memo, in which Pichai commented that “painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues.”
[…] The Wall Street Journal also noted that Pichai indicated that at least 187 employees came from countries that were impacted by the ban, and that employees working overseas who needed help should “reach out to our global security team.”
Zuckerberg – who will rot in some hell or other for the role Facebook played in electing Trump – is also pushing back.
The IT business runs on immigrant labor. The best and brightest from around the world fight each other for the precious few H1-B visas that allow them to stay in the country and work. Most of these employees travel overseas regularly to see family, and often to work with offshore IT contractors in their home country. (One of our contractors has a trip planned next week to go back to his home country and work with an offshore team – I wonder if he’s still going.)
Insofar as Trump and his band of shitheads thought this through, I’m sure they assumed money would be OK, and his order would just affect refugees and leisure travelers. Nope- money’s on the wrong end of this one. I wonder how much more shit money will take from Trump before it turns on Republicans in Congress.