Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on immigration that bars travelers from 7 countries from entering the United States. The order has caused a lot of chaos, frustration, protests and dissent in the past week. Much has already been written about the issues with the executive order, therefore, we will not go into the details of these. However, we would like to point out that immigrants, not only in the United States but around the world, have contributed immensely to the growth of their adopted homelands and the world at large.
Many businesses and organisations have been facilitated by the hiring of the best talent from around the world and any restrictions on travel/immigration that curbs the movement of honest and hardworking individuals will strip them of opportunities to showcase their worth to the world. Perhaps the most telling example of this is the fact that the 3 of the most valuable tech companies in the world were started by children of immigrants that came to the United States in search of better lives.
Apple, the world’s most valuable brand, was co-founded by Steve Jobs whose biological father Abdulfattah “John” Jandali, was born into a Muslim household and grew up in Homs, Syria. However, Steve Jobs was adopted at birth. The above mentioned executive order bars Syrian immigrants and refugees from entering into the United States and perhaps may keep out a future Steve Jobs!
Similarly, Google was co-founded by Sergey Brin who was born in Moscow in the Soviet Union, to Russian Jewish parents. When Brin was five years old, his family migrated to the United States from the Soviet Union. He spoke about this at the ‘No Ban No Wall’ rally at Google HQ on 30 January 2017.
Finally, the social media giant Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg whose great grand parents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. His wife is also of Chinese and Vietnamese descent. He wrote about this in a Facebook post recently.
While we appreciate that protection of the borders should be of vital importance to every country, however, putting a blanket ban on immigrants from particular countries will create an atmosphere of discrimination and also keep some of the most talented individuals from achieving their dreams!