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Technology firms to file amicus brief in Trump’s travel ban case

The final draft of the brief was being finished with plans to file it by late Sunday night in the 9th US circuit court of appeals in San Francisco.

world Updated: Feb 06, 2017 10:37 IST
Demonstrators in Philadelphia protest against US President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven primarily Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Demonstrators in Philadelphia protest against US President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven primarily Muslim countries from entering the United States.(Reuters photo)

Major technology companies have planned to file an amicus brief with a federal appeals court hearing challenges to US President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.

A spokesperson for Twitter said the final draft of the brief, was being finished with plans to file it by late Sunday night in the 9th US circuit court of appeals in San Francisco.

The appeals court earlier on Sunday rejected the Trump administration’s request to reinstate the President’s order restricting entry into the US by travellers from seven majority Muslim countries.

A federal district judge in Seattle halted implementation of the order on February 3.

Read: Trump’s travel ban: All you need to know about US President’s immigration order

Some tech giants, including Amazon.com Inc and Expedia Inc, filed briefs in connection with ban last week, arguing that Trump’s order negatively affects their businesses.

An estimated 37.4% of Silicon Valley employees are foreign born, according to the 2016 Silicon Valley Index (PDF) released by think tank Joint Venture.