Google’s Sundar Pichai slams Donald Trump’s immigration order

Google’s CEO Indian-American Sundar Pichai has criticised the US President Donald Trump's controversial immigration order against people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

He said it will create ‘barriers’ to bringing great talent to the US, as the Internet search giant ordered its travelling staff to return to America.

Google’s CEO Indian-American Sundar Pichai
Google’s CEO Indian-American Sundar Pichai Photo courtesy: Twitter page of Sundar Pichai

As per a BBC report, Google has recalled around 100 of its affected staff from overseas.

"It is painful to see the personal cost of this executive order on our colleagues," Pichai said.

The 44-year old Pichai said that at least 187 employees hailed from different countries are included in the ban.

"Our first order of business is to help Googlers who are affected," he said. "If you're abroad and need help please reach out to our global security team."

"We wouldn't wish this fear and uncertainty on anyone and especially not our fellow Googlers," Pichai wrote. "In times of uncertainty, our values remain the best guide."

President Trump has ordered "extreme vetting" of people entering the US from seven Muslim-majority countries and banned the entry of Syrian refugees until further notice, as part of new measures to "keep radical Islamic terrorists" out of America.

The countries impacted are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

The new restrictions will have a major impact on American technology companies that hire skilled staff from all over the world on special H1-B visas, mostly used by Indian IT firms.