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Tech Workers Protested Trump’s Immigration Ban In San Francisco

San Francisco’s tech workers have a message for President Trump.

The day before Valentine’s Day, tech workers in San Francisco gathered in front of the Children’s Creativity Museum to protest President Trump and his recent immigration policies. Even though his original executive order banning refugees and immigrants from Yemen, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Syria was blocked by the courts, it hasn’t stopped Trump from continuing the fight. Trump has announced that he will be issuing a different immigration order after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the original court decision to block the ban, even though he is now appealing the decision. Tech companies and others in Silicon Valley are worried about the Trump administration possible plans to overhaul the H-1B visa program, according to Bloomberg. H-1B visas are non-immigrant work visas that allow workers to live in the U.S. to work, which is the very same program Trump has admitted to using himself for his businesses.

Tech workers from LinkedIn, Cisco, and Apple joined to show support for immigrant workers, according to TechCrunch.

“Yes, because money matters,” Judy Tuan, one of the protest organizers and a engineer for IndieGoGo, told TechCrunch about whether this protest will do anything. “An immigration ban is super detrimental to the workforce. Like, talking about diversity as a moral good isn’t something that historically works, but talking about diversity and immigration and other things from the point of view from the bottom line does work.”

Only time will tell what Trump and his administration will do regarding H-1B visas.

As it stands, there are only 65,000 H-1B visas granted a year to those who have a bachelor’s degree, are working in a specialized occupation and will be earning a wage. There are an additional 20,000 H-1B visas granted to those with master’s degrees if necessary.

(H/T: TechCrunch)

READ: Lin-Manuel Miranda Reacts To Protesters Using His Lyrics On Signs

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People Are Turning To Twitter To Express How They Feel About The 23-Year-Old Who Was Taken By ICE

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People Are Turning To Twitter To Express How They Feel About The 23-Year-Old Who Was Taken By ICE

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CREDIT: Twitter/Facebook, Reform Immigration FOR America

In the surge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests that took place last week in which almost 700 people were arrested, 23-year-old DACA beneficiary Daniel Ramirez-Medina found himself among the arrested.

Ramirez-Medina, whose undocumented status is protected under Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was arrested at his father’s house in Washington state and his lawyers are currently fighting for his release.

His lawyers say that Ramirez-Medina is the first DREAMer to be arrested under Donald Trump’s executive orders and has no criminal record.

While ICE officials allege that the Ramirez-Medina arrest is justified because he confessed to being affiliated with a gang, his lawyers deny that accusation completely and hope ICE made a “mistake.”

People on social media have expressed outrage over this arrest and have extended their support of Ramirez-Medina.

Groups of people are uniting to protest.

And people are expressing their confusion and frustrations.

People are doing what it takes to make this hashtag visible on a grand scale.

Some are trying to give America a wake-up call…

Pleading for justice…

And demanding that these raids stop.

While others just want to make sure the law is being upheld.

Even political figures are getting involved and standing up for Ramirez-Medina.

Most of all, people want Daniel to know they are with him.


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