Apple absent from new legal brief opposing Trump's latest travel ban

Apple absent from new legal brief opposing Trump’s latest travel ban


Yeah, we're pretty incredulous about your ideas, too, Mr. Trump.
The brief has been successful despite support from big companies.
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Apple’s name is notably absent from a new legal brief opposing President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and more than 60 other companies are also missing from the lawsuit that hopes to block a second, “watered-down version” of the controversial executive order.

Apple was among 127 companies that opposed Trump’s original travel ban, which bans visitors from six Muslim-majority countries, in an appeals court last month. However, just 58 companies added their names to the latest brief, filed in Hawaii on Tuesday.

Other omissions include eBay, Intel, and Netflix. Airbnb, Dropbox, and Kickstarter are among the companies that did add their names to the list, while Uber confirmed it was in the process of supporting the effort.

“The lawsuit may succeed despite losing the overt support of such big names,” explains Reuters.

“U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu on Wednesday ordered an emergency halt to Trump’s executive order that aimed to temporarily bar entry to the United States of most refugees as well as travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.”

Trump labeled Watson’s order “unprecedented judicial overreach,” and insisted the travel ban was necessary for U.S. national security. However, the halt is only temporary for now.

Apple and its peers will get another opportunity to join the brief as it makes its way through the court system.