Lyft Declares Itself Firmly against New Immigration Law, Donates $1 Million to ACLU

1 Feb

By Mudit Mohilay, The Tech Portal

In what is one of the strongest statements by a tech company against US President Donald Trump’s recent executive order against immigrants from seven middle eastern countries, cab aggregator Lyft has denounced it as a “threat” to the inclusive American society. In the same vein, it is also donating $1 million to the ACLU.

Lyft joins the ranks of other tech behemoths including arch-rival Uber, Facebook, Google and Microsoft in speaking against the move. However, while many of the others have done their best to keep their tone mellow — Lyft has gone all out in denouncing the move and calling it unconstitutional.

As per the letter circulated by the company founders:

We created Lyft to be a model for the type of community we want our world to be: diverse, inclusive and safe.

This weekend, Trump closed the country’s borders to refugees, immigrants, and even documented residents from around the world based on their country of origin. Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft’s and our nation’s core values. We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.

We know this directly impacts many of our community members, their families and friends. We stand with you, and are donating $1,000,000 over the next four years to the ACLU to defend our constitution. We ask that you continue to be there for each other – and together, continue proving the power of community.

John & Logan

Lyft Co-Founders

In what can be termed as a minor win, the American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) has recently managed to obtain a stay from a federal judge on Trump’s executive orders. However, the US president has vast and sweeping powers at his disposal and the stay is temporary at best. It will likely be a long and bitter fight before the order can be reversed for good.