Intel CEO joins Microsoft, Google in rejection of Trump's immigration order

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Intel CEO joins Microsoft, Google in rejection of Trump's immigration order
Brian Krzanich, Intel

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has joined a chorus of leading technology executives voicing opposition to the Trump administration's immigration order banning travel from seven majority Muslim countries.

"I have heard from many of you, and share your concern over the recent executive order and want you to know this is not a policy we can support," Krzanich told employees Sunday in a memo obtained by US newspaper The Oregonian.

"At Intel we believe that immigration is an important part of our diversity and inclusion efforts," Krzanich said in the memo. "Inclusion is about making everyone feel welcome and part of our community."

CEOs including Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Apple's Tim Cook and Google's Sundar Pichai have denounced President Trump's immigration orders, announced Friday.

Intel in a statement said "we are providing support to potentially impacted employees, all of whom are in this country lawfully".

Krzanich also took to Twitter to tell his followers that "as a company co-founded by an immigrant, we support lawful immigration. We will provide impacted employees with Intel's full support."

In June, Krzanich had planned to host a fundraiser for the then-presumptive Republican presidential nominee, according to The New York Times. The event was later cancelled, according to Intel.

Krzanich has also talked several times over the past year about Intel's emphasis on US-made products, coupled with its strong exporting efforts, in relation to Trump's strong push around US manufacturing.

During the company's fourth-quarter earnings call last week, when asked about how Intel was reacting to the new US administration's focus on US-made products, Krzanich said that more than half to two-thirds of Intel's capacity had always been based in the US

"We're the second largest exporter in the U.S. and we're proud of that position. But other than that, there's no real shift in our strategy right now," he said.

This article originally appeared at crn.com

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