On Sunday, the San Francisco Based ride-sharing company, Uber, sent out an email to their drivers, in which Travis Kalanick, company co-founder and CEO complained about “President Trump’s new immigration ban,” and vowed financial support for foreign nationals affected by the policy.
Drivers who are citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen and live in the US but have left the country, will not be able to return for 90 days. This means they won’t be able to earn money and support their families during this period.
Of course, travelers from the countries listed in the email have been placed on a terrorist watch-list for several years, and in 2011, then-President Barack Obama banned Iraqi nationals from entering the U.S.
Of course, the ultra-liberal Kalanick remained silent on Obama’s action.
However, President Trump’s 90-day ban is being on those from nations known to support terrorism is being described by Uber executives as an “unjust and wrong immigration ban.”
The steps Uber will be taking are as follows:
-Provide 24/7 legal support for drivers who are trying to get back into the country. Our lawyers and immigration experts will be on call 24/7 to help.
–Compensate drivers for their lost earnings. This will help them support their families and put food on the table while they are banned from the US.
–Urge the government to reinstate the right of US residents to travel—whatever their country of origin—immediately.
-Create a $3 million legal defense fund to help drivers with immigration and translation services.
Take a look at Uber’s page for foreign nationals to apply for the company’s “immigration and other legal services.”
It should be noted that in 2014, longtime Democrat Party operative and 2008 campaign manager for Barack Obama, David Plouffe, became Uber’s Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy. Plouffe has been working for the company ever since, mostly in the role of lobbying local politicians to allow Uber to operate in their cities, as described in a 2015 Bloomberg Business piece.
It is rather ironic that Uber, a company notorious for being difficult to reach for both riders and drivers if they have a dispute over charges, has now created a “24/7” hotline for non-citizens.