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Tim Cook: Apple is “open to everyone, no matter where they come from”

Apple CEO affirms that company "believes deeply in the importance of immigration"

Tim Cook at WWDC, Photo: Mike Deerkoski / Flickr

“Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship.”

–Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a letter to employees regarding President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations.

Cook, who came out publicly in 2014 and was shortlisted to be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s vice president, wrote the letter to “[make] it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future.”

His letter has particular meaning given that Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder, was the son of a Syrian migrant, one of seven nations impacted by the order. That list also includes Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen.

The full text of Cook’s letter:

Team,

In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I’ve made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.

I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.

There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday’s immigration order. Our HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with them, and Apple will do everything we can to support them. We’re providing resources on AppleWeb for anyone with questions or concerns about immigration policies. And we have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company.

As I’ve said many times, diversity makes our team stronger. And if there’s one thing I know about the people at Apple, it’s the depth of our empathy and support for one another. It’s as important now as it’s ever been, and it will not weaken one bit. I know I can count on all of you to make sure everyone at Apple feels welcome, respected and valued.

Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship. Our employees represent the finest talent in the world, and our team hails from every corner of the globe.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.”

Tim

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