Cisco, the technology titan who employs over 70,000 people on six continents, has joined a wide range of companies in their criticism of President Trump’s incendiary new immigration law.
An executive order passed last week by the new administration barred entry into the United States for 90 days from seven countries in the Middle East, including Iran, Iraq and Libya. Since the ‘Muslim ban’ has been introduced – so termed because the countries affected have a Muslim majority – a vast number of companies have spoken out against it.
Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have all made public statements against the ban. The CEO of Lyft donated US$1,000,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union, while the head of Google donated US$2,000,000 to charities and causes benefiting refugees.
Ken Boal, the Managing Director for Cisco’s Australia and New Zealand division, highlighted the across-the-board negative response to the controversial law.
“All of the [tech] firms, and Cisco in particular, are swinging into action to support our affected employees, engaging with them and providing whatever support we can to address the short term situation.”
While they’re based in America, Cisco has offices in six major Australian cities, as well as locations in New Zealand. Consequently, they have an important presence in the region and Trump’s law could have far-reaching ramifications.
“There may be some dual citizens and employees here in Australia and New Zealand that might be affected – that’s definitely a concern,” Boal expressed.
He did note, however, that Cisco would attempt to find common ground with the administration.
“Quite frankly, the entire industry has concerns about how we’re going to work under this new environment. It’s something we’re going to have to learn to deal with.
“I think all companies have a role to play in working with the new administration to highlight what we need in order to drive the right socioeconomic environments.”