Open borders advocates have successfully established the narrative of “separated families,” with significant aid from a media blitz, to characterize the zero tolerance enforcement effort to protect U.S. borders by the Trump administration.
Of course the major technology companies based in Silicon Valley – who almost unanimously have advocated for open borders policies that come with unlimited visas for the foreign workers they want to employ – have joined the chorus.
Apple CEO Tim Cook reacted, while in Dublin, to the widespread pictures of immigrant children housed in facilities away from their detained parents.
“It’s heartbreaking to see the images and hear the sounds of the kids,” he said. “Kids are the most vulnerable people in any society. I think that what’s happening is inhumane, it needs to stop. I’m personally a big believer in the way to be a good citizen is to participate, is to try to advocate your point of view, not to just sit on the sideline and yell or complain. That will be the approach we will take here. This one in particular is just heartbreaking and tragic.”
Cook is the tech leader who probably speaks most consistently against the immigration (but also other) policies of the Trump administration – but this time many others echoed him, as many had in February 2017 when they opposed the policy to suspend admissions of foreign nationals from seven terror-breeding nations (misnamed the “Muslim ban”).
With the current illegally entering migrants, tech leaders caterwauled over the resultant isolation of children who were separated from adults, even if they didn’t come with parents – or even any grown-up at all.
Meanwhile these business leaders had nothing to say about the fake asylum seekers (said to be up to 80 percent of them), illegal aliens who rape children and commit mass crime within our borders, or other real harmful consequences of our past open borders policies.
Instead we heard lectures, such as the following (much of which was archived by tech Web site C/NET):
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook– “Organizations like Texas Civil Rights Project and RAICES are doing great work helping families at the US border get legal advice and translation services, as well as documenting what is happening on the ground to make sure these stories are shared. I’ve donated to them and I encourage you to as well. We need to stop this policy right now.”
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber– “As a father, a citizen and an immigrant myself, the stories coming from our border break my heart. Families are the backbone of society. A policy that pulls them apart rather than building them up is immoral and just plain wrong.”
Microsoft– “As a company, Microsoft is dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border. Family unification has been a fundamental tenant [sic] of American policy and law since the end of World War II. As a company, Microsoft has worked for over 20 years to combine technology with the rule of law to ensure that children who are refugees and immigrants can remain with their parents. We need to continue to build on this noble tradition rather than change course now. We urge the administration to change its policy and Congress to pass legislation ensuring children are no longer separated from their families.”
Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb co-founders– “Ripping children from the arms of their parents’ arms is heartless, cruel, immoral and counter to the American values of belonging. The U.S. government needs to stop this injustice and reunite these families. We are a better country than this.”
Sundar Pichai, Google– “The stories and images of families being separated at the border are gut-wrenching. Urging our government to work together to find a better, more humane way that is reflective of our values as a nation.”
Devin Wenig, eBay– “Enforce the border—-but do not separate families. America’s moral and ethical leadership is at stake. This needs to be fixed now.”
Chuck Robbins, Cisco– “Must end cruel policy of separating accompanied minors from their parents – simply un-American. We need policies that reflect our values and do what’s right for society.”
There were several others. Makes you wonder why Silicon Valley can’t be equally unified for the cause to protect Americans from outside threats coming through the borders. Perhaps that California referendum shouldn’t be about splitting the state, but instead about splitting it off.