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Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks Out Against Trump Travel Ban

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"If we stand and say nothing it's as if we're agreeing, that we become a part of it."

After collecting an honorary doctorate at the University of Glasgow Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook voiced his opposition to the not-Muslim-ban-that's-totally-a-Muslim-ban, passed hamfistedly by The White House two weeks ago.

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According to the BBC, Cook's comments came during a Q&A with students and staff:

"I wrote this letter, you probably read about it unless you're living underground, about the most recent executive order that was issued in the US. We have employees that secured a work visa, they brought family to the US, but happened to be outside the US when the executive order was issued and all of a sudden their families were affected. They couldn't get back in. That's a crisis. You can imagine the stress. If we stand and say nothing it's as if we're agreeing, that we become a part of it. It's important to speak out."

Cook is referring to a memo he sent to Apple employees shortly after Trump tried it, ensuring them that "Apple would not exist without immigration" and that Trump's "is not a policy we support."

Apple was one of 127 companies to file an amicus brief opposing Trump's executive order, which is currently in judicial limbo.

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