Amazon to Fight Trump's Immigration Order
Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com's CEO and founder, said his company is going into action to counter President Trump's controversial immigration order, which temporarily blocked refugees and citizens of seven countries from entering the U.S. In an email to employees Monday, Bezos said Amazon is working on a number of efforts, including exploring legislative measures and drafting a declaration of support for Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson's lawsuit against the immigration order. Amazon is based in Seattle. Bezos told employees affected by the ban "the full extent of Amazon's resources are behind you."
Total Retail's Take: Bezos has been a longtime critic of Trump, so perhaps it's not surprising that he's not a proponent of the President's new immigration order. The online retail giant has made it clear to senior administration officials that it does not support the immigration ban, and is exploring legal options and using its immense lobbying power to defeat it. In addition to being against the ban for all, Amazon has a vested interest in the matter — it reports that 49 of its employees were born in one of the countries listed under Trump’s immigration order. All of those employees work in the United States legally.
Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.