Google chief Sundar Pichai chides Trump over immigration order, affecting nearly 200 staffers
President Donald Trump’s decision to temporarily bar refugees from certain countries drew an emotional response from Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who said the move impacted nearly 200 of the company’s employees and urged them to return to the U.S. in a company-wide email.
In a letter to employees obtained by The Wall Street Journal, Pichai said he was “upset about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families.”
Moreover, Pichai said that at least 187 of Google’s employees were from the countries included in the sweeping seven country ban, such as Syria, Iraq, Iran and Libya.
“Our first order of business is to help Googlers who are affected,” the publication cited Pichai as saying. “If you’re abroad and need help, please reach out to our global security team.” Pichai added that it was “painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues.”
The move sparked an outpouring of anger and condemnation worldwide, and led to some immigrants being stranded at airports.