Trump's directive on Friday put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The attorney general of Washington state filed a lawsuit Monday challenging President Donald Trump's controversial immigration order, and he's counting two Washington-based companies as courtroom allies: Amazon and Expedia. He said the United States is known for "harnessing" immigrants' talents and that it's "a distinctive competitive advantage for our country".
Other Washington-based tech companies that expressed support for the lawsuit include Microsoft, which pledged to testify and provide supporting evidence for the case, and Expedia, an online travel-booking firm.
Bezos vowed to support Amazon employees in the US and around the world who might be affected by this order.
"Expedia believes that the Executive Order jeopardizes its corporate mission and could have a detrimental impact on its business and employees, as well as the broader USA and global travel and tourism industry", said Expedia's General Counsel and Executive Vice President Robert Dzielak in the declaration. A major thrust of the complaint by the state of Washington in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington is that the new entry restrictions will hurt local companies like Microsoft, Expedia, Starbucks and Amazon that are dependent on skilled workers, employed on H-1B visas. It also mentions employees whose travel could be restricted. "We are working other legal options as well", he wrote.
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Both companies offered legal assistance to the more than 76 employees who are impacted.
A Microsoft spokesman told Reuters that the company is providing information about the effect of the order in order to "be supportive".
Ferguson said the lawsuit would include constitutional claims, including allegations that Trump's order violates the equal protection clause and the First Amendment.
In its declaration of support to the Washington state attorney general, Amazon notes that the company is aware of 49 employees born in one of the countries listed under Trump's immigration order who all work in the United States legally. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the lawsuit on Monday (30 January) against Trump, the US Department of Homeland Security and high-ranking Trump administration officials which aims to invalidate "the president's unlawful action nationwide".