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Apple may join the legal fight against Trump’s travel ban

The company could file its own legal action or join several existing suits challenging the president’s executive order.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has already spoken out against President Trump’s executive order limiting entry into the U.S. for refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. Now he is considering legal action.

Cook told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that the ban is affecting hundreds of Apple employees, many of whom have “heart-wrenching stories” about the ban’s impact on them or their families.

Apple could file its own suit, but may instead opt to help fund or support one of the many other actions challenging the legality of Trump’s order. Amazon, for example, has joined a suit by Washington state challenging the travel ban.

In addition to weighing its legal options, Cook said Apple is still trying to persuade the Trump Administration to reverse course.

“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds,” Cook said in the interview. “That’s what makes us special. We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”

Apple declined to comment beyond Cook’s comments to the Journal.

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