Top tech companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft filed an amicus brief on Sunday opposing Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.
The document, signed by 97 companies, supports the state of Washington in its battle against Trump’s travel ban that attempted to block citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.
“The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years,” the document reads.
The brief, filed in a Washington State court, says Trump’s order “inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth,” disrupting current operations, and making it “more difficult and expensive for US companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees.”
Netflix, Uber, Spotify and Kickstarter are also part of the document against Trump’s travel ban that has caused chaos across the globe.
Trump’s executive order was founded on a claim of national security, but lawyers for Washington and Minnesota told the appellate court the administration’s move hurts residents, businesses and universities and is unconstitutional.
Trump tore into the “so-called judge” who ruled against the travel ban on Twitter Saturday morning, ripping U.S. District Judge James L. Robart for his decision on Friday to temporarily suspend enforcement of the executive order restricting travel to the U.S. from several Muslim nations.
Trump’s team will have another chance to to argue in favor of the ban when it responds to the Washington state and Minnesota filings, the 9th Circuit ordered the U.S. Justice Department to file its briefs by 6 p.m. EST Monday.