Fighting ire with hire: Tech firms say immigration boosts employment



U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to channel populist anger to stem immigration, but tech companies want him to know that hiring immigrants is necessary for the country’s economy and boosts overall employment.

Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Alphabet are said to be writing Trump a letter expressing their concern about the order on immigration he signed last Friday, and other changes to immigration policy he may plan.

The letter, a draft of which has been published by a number of media outlets, including Recode.net, highlights the companies’ dependence on immigrants for their success, and warns that the new policy could affect many visa holders already contributing to the U.S. economy.

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