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Someone trolled Tump with a TrumpHotels.org website that promotes child concentration camps

Donald Trump’s administration thought it would be a good idea to separate migrant kids from their parents at the border, and put young children in what look a whole lot like modern concentration camps. Facing immense backlash from the public, Trump did rescind the policy, but that doesn’t mean his problem went away.

People are still protesting against Trump’s immigration laws, and someone is doing it by trolling Trump’s name and properties. You’d think that TrumpHotels.org is one of the more 3,000 web domains held by the Trump organization. But it’s not. It’s actually a prank site that was just set up to “advertise” Trump’s child camps.

Using imagery that shows caged children, and featuring several quotes from Trump, the fake hotel site is one creative way to draw even more attention to the administration’s policies. On the “hotel” site you’ll also find plenty of links to other controversial statements and policies from Trump. The focus is, of course, on the children, and those photos drive the point home. Yes, Trump signed an order in an effort to fix the problem he created in the first place. But those pictures of young children in cages cannot and should not be forgotten.

It’s unclear who operates the site — or why the Trump organization doesn’t own it already — but, as Gizmodo points out, the owner does expect some action from the Trumps. After all, if there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that Trump doesn’t like to be ridiculed. Here’s what the huge disclaimer, posted right on the front page of the site, says:

TrumpHotels.org is intended for entertainment, satirical, and political commentary purposes. It is an overt exercise of political speech, and it does not serve any commercial purpose. This site has no relationship to any commercial establishment or resort, it does not offer any similar products or services such as those provided by any commercial establishments or resorts, and it is in no way intended to deceive or create confusion with or to suggest sponsorship or endorsement by any other business or trademark holder. The use of any intellectual property, including trademarks or names of public figures, is protected under fair use, as TrumpHotels.org serves to comment on social and political issues and problems regarding the federal immigration policies of President Donald J. Trump, as well as other statements and actions made by Mr. Trump, through the use of ridicule and criticism. See the U.S. Trademark Act of 1946, 15 §§ 1051 et seq. (a/k/a, the Lanham Act), and KP Permanent Make-Up, Inc. v. Lasting Impression I, Inc., 543 U.S. 111 (2004).

What a shocker, the tech world fiercely opposes Trump’s border policy on children

Depending on where you stand on the whole Trump border policy that separates children from their families at the border, you might refer to these detention centers as internment camps or summer camps/boarding schools. The fact of the matter is that they’re facilities where children are caged, as in, they’re not allowed to leave.

Unsurprisingly, the leaders of some of the most prominent companies in tech hate Trump’s border policy as much as you’d expect them to, and it’s unlikely we’ll see any CEO actually defend the Trump administration on this abhorrent move.

I can’t even begin to fathom what it means to a child to be taken away from his or her family like that, and what can do to their future. Imagine, for example, if the US had such a policy in place back in 1885 when a certain Frederick Trump, only 16 years of age, immigrated to the United States. But I digress — here’s what the CEO of some of the most important companies in tech are saying.

Airbnb

Airbnb’s Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk issued a joined statement on Twitter calling for the end of the policy.

https://twitter.com/bchesky/status/1008833422301671424

Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that the policy is “inhumane” and “needs to stop.”

It’s heartbreaking to see the images and hear the sounds of the kids. Kids are the most vulnerable people in any society. I think that what’s happening is inhumane, it needs to stop.

Box

Aaron Levie from Box posted a harsh criticism on Twitter, calling the policy “inhumane and un-American.”

https://twitter.com/levie/status/1008911706700075009

Facebook

Facebook’s top execs Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg donated to a fundraising campaign that aims to reunite children with their parents, per Politico.

Microsoft

Microsoft had to face some backlash from its own employees because the company wrote in a blog post a few months ago that it’s “proud” to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In response, Satya Nadella responded with a company-wide memo in which he said he’s “appalled at the abhorrent policy of separating” children from their parents, making it clear that Microsoft isn’t working with ICE on this — here’s the full memo:

“Team,

Like many of you, I am appalled at the abhorrent policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the southern border of the U.S. As both a parent and an immigrant, this issue touches me personally.

I consider myself a product of two amazing and uniquely American things — American technology reaching me where I was growing up that allowed me to dream the dream and an enlightened immigration policy that then allowed me to live that dream. My story would not have been possible anywhere else.

This new policy implemented on the border is simply cruel and abusive, and we are standing for change. Today Brad detailed our company’s position on this issue, as well as the immigration legislation currently being considered in Congress, and I encourage you to read his blog post.

I want to be clear: Microsoft is not working with the U.S. government on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border. Our current cloud engagement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is supporting legacy mail, calendar, messaging and document management workloads.

Microsoft has a long history of taking a principled approach to how we live up to our mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more with technology platforms and tools, while also standing up for our enduring values and ethics. Any engagement with any government has been and will be guided by our ethics and principles. We will continue to have this dialogue both within our company and with our stakeholders outside.

The immigration policy of this country is one of our greatest competitive advantages, and this is something we must preserve and promote. America is a nation of immigrants, and we’re able to attract people from around the world to contribute to our economy, our communities and our companies. We are also a beacon of hope for those who need it the most. This is what makes America stronger. We will always stand for immigration policies that preserve every person’s dignity and human rights. That means standing with every immigrant who works at Microsoft and standing for change in the inhumane treatment of children at the U.S. border today.
Satya”

Twilio

Twilio CEO and cofounder Jeff Lawson penned a letter on Medium, calling the policy “not just wrong,” but a “war crime.”

Twitter

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says you need to “do everything it takes to #KeepFamiliesTogether.”

https://twitter.com/jack/status/1009122709522079744

Uber

Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, says that “as a father, a citizen and an immigrant myself, the stories coming from our border break my heart,” calling the policy “immoral” and “just plain wrong.”

https://twitter.com/dkhos/status/1009135743195799552

Uber sent out a company-wide memo of its own, via Business Insider:

Team –

As you heard us discuss at the All Hands today, we are horrified by what is happening at the southern border, where more than 2,000 children have been separated from their families. It’s unfathomable to imagine and heartbreaking to see, and we want you to know what we are doing as a company and what you can do as an individual.

We continue to directly advocate for necessary changes to our nation’s broken immigration system, which includes seeking permanent status for DREAMers, protections to other visa categories, and opposition to country of origin travel bans.

The Policy team is working closely with partners including FWD.US, The National Immigration Forum, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and asking legislators and regulators to put an end to this crisis. Our Legal team is also reaching out to law firms with a strong commitment to pro bono work to explore immediate opportunities for Uber Legal to partner with them to help parents and children affected by these policies in any way we can. We are also taking a stand as a company—Uber committed $100,000 to KIND today.
Many of you are asking what you can do personally. Here are are a few options:

  • If you’re a US citizen, call your Representative and Senators;
  • Tweet using the hashtag #KeepFamiliesTogether (Dara shared his view on Twitter today if you want to retweet); and
  • Donate to KIND, RAICES, or the American Civil Liberties Union.

Uber is better and stronger because we are made up of and serve people from all over the world. We strongly support immigration policies that help people and families who want to build a better life, achieve their dreams, or seek protection from dangerous governments and situations.

Thanks to everyone for all you’re doing to call attention to this issue.

-Jill and Tammy

Yelp

Yelp CEO

https://twitter.com/jeremys/status/1009139376402530305

YouTube

YouTube CEO calls the matter “heartbreaking:”

https://twitter.com/SusanWojcicki/status/1009078194769661953

Depending on where you stand on the whole Trump border policy that separates children from their families at the border, you might refer to these detention centers as internment camps or summer camps/boarding schools. The fact of the matter is that they’re facilities where children are caged, as in, they’re not allowed to leave.

Unsurprisingly, the leaders of some of the most prominent companies in tech hate Trump’s border policy as much as you’d expect them to, and it’s unlikely we’ll see any CEO actually defend the Trump administration on this abhorrent move.

I can’t even begin to fathom what it means to a child to be taken away from his or her family like that, and what can do to their future. Imagine, for example, if the US had such a policy in place back in 1885 when a certain Frederick Trump, only 16 years of age, immigrated to the United State. But I digress — here’s what the CEO of some of the most important companies in tech are saying.

Airbnb

Airbnb’s Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk issued a joined statement on Twitter calling for the end of the policy.

https://twitter.com/bchesky/status/1008833422301671424

Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that the policy is “inhumane” and “needs to stop.”

It’s heartbreaking to see the images and hear the sounds of the kids. Kids are the most vulnerable people in any society. I think that what’s happening is inhumane, it needs to stop.

Box

Aaron Levie from Box posted a harsh criticism on Twitter, calling the policy “inhumane and un-American.”

https://twitter.com/levie/status/1008911706700075009

Facebook

Facebook’s top execs Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg donated to a fundraising campaign that aims to reunite children with their parents, per Politico.

Microsoft

Microsoft had to face some backlash from its own employees because the company wrote in a blog post a few months ago that it’s “proud” to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In response, Satya Nadella responded with a company-wide memo in which he said he’s “appalled at the abhorrent policy of separating” children from their parents, making it clear that Microsoft isn’t working with ICE on this — here’s the full memo:

“Team,

Like many of you, I am appalled at the abhorrent policy of separating immigrant children from their families at the southern border of the U.S. As both a parent and an immigrant, this issue touches me personally.

I consider myself a product of two amazing and uniquely American things — American technology reaching me where I was growing up that allowed me to dream the dream and an enlightened immigration policy that then allowed me to live that dream. My story would not have been possible anywhere else.

This new policy implemented on the border is simply cruel and abusive, and we are standing for change. Today Brad detailed our company’s position on this issue, as well as the immigration legislation currently being considered in Congress, and I encourage you to read his blog post.

I want to be clear: Microsoft is not working with the U.S. government on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border. Our current cloud engagement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is supporting legacy mail, calendar, messaging and document management workloads.

Microsoft has a long history of taking a principled approach to how we live up to our mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more with technology platforms and tools, while also standing up for our enduring values and ethics. Any engagement with any government has been and will be guided by our ethics and principles. We will continue to have this dialogue both within our company and with our stakeholders outside.

The immigration policy of this country is one of our greatest competitive advantages, and this is something we must preserve and promote. America is a nation of immigrants, and we’re able to attract people from around the world to contribute to our economy, our communities and our companies. We are also a beacon of hope for those who need it the most. This is what makes America stronger. We will always stand for immigration policies that preserve every person’s dignity and human rights. That means standing with every immigrant who works at Microsoft and standing for change in the inhumane treatment of children at the U.S. border today.
Satya”

Twilio

Twilio CEO and cofounder Jeff Lawson penned a letter on Medium , calling the policy “not just wrong,” but a “war crime.”

Twitter

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says you need to “do everything it takes to #KeepFamiliesTogether.”

https://twitter.com/jack/status/1009122709522079744

Uber

Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, says that “as a father, a citizen and an immigrant myself, the stories coming from our border break my heart,” calling the policy “immoral” and “just plain wrong.”

https://twitter.com/dkhos/status/1009135743195799552

Uber sent out a company-wide memo of its own, via Business Insider:

Team –
As you heard us discuss at the All Hands today, we are horrified by what is happening at the southern border, where more than 2,000 children have been separated from their families. It’s unfathomable to imagine and heartbreaking to see, and we want you to know what we are doing as a company and what you can do as an individual.

We continue to directly advocate for necessary changes to our nation’s broken immigration system, which includes seeking permanent status for DREAMers, protections to other visa categories, and opposition to country of origin travel bans.

The Policy team is working closely with partners including FWD.US, The National Immigration Forum, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and asking legislators and regulators to put an end to this crisis. Our Legal team is also reaching out to law firms with a strong commitment to pro bono work to explore immediate opportunities for Uber Legal to partner with them to help parents and children affected by these policies in any way we can. We are also taking a stand as a company—Uber committed $100,000 to KIND today.
Many of you are asking what you can do personally. Here are are a few options:

  • If you’re a US citizen, call your Representative and Senators;
  • Tweet using the hashtag #KeepFamiliesTogether (Dara shared his view on Twitter today if you want to retweet); and
  • Donate to KIND, RAICES, or the American Civil Liberties Union.

Uber is better and stronger because we are made up of and serve people from all over the world. We strongly support immigration policies that help people and families who want to build a better life, achieve their dreams, or seek protection from dangerous governments and situations.

Thanks to everyone for all you’re doing to call attention to this issue.

-Jill and Tammy

Yelp

Yelp CEO

https://twitter.com/jeremys/status/1009139376402530305

YouTube

YouTube CEO calls the matter “heartbreaking:”

https://twitter.com/SusanWojcicki/status/1009078194769661953

Trump might be endangering Apple’s sky-high profits

Apple is set to launch three new iPhones X successors this year, which will likely become instant hits with consumers, much like every other iPhone launch to date. The phones are expected to offer a similar design as the current iPhone X flagship, but pack improved hardware and run Apple’s recently unveiled iOS 12 right out of the box. Rumors say the flagship models might be cheaper than the iPhone X, while the LCD version should be even more affordable.

The worst thing about the iPhones of the near and distant future, however, might not be the notch design or the sky-high price. It’s actually the Donald Trump factor that might have a negative impact on your iPhone experience.

Apple is worried that the escalating trade war with China might have a negative impact on Appel’s business in the region, The New York Times reports.

Tim Cook reportedly met with Trump and members of his cabinet, advising the administration to understand that a trade war is terrible for the economy and Apple. In a meeting with Trump and Larry Kudlow, Cook praised the corporate tax rules the administration passed last year but said a trade war could negate them.

The tariffs that Trump wants to impose on goods from China would become a tax on consumers. The Apple exec also explain that the trade deficit is inflated because of flaws in the way it’s calculated.

The Trump administration told Cook that it would not place tariffs on iPhones, which are assembled entirely in China. That appears to be good news for consumers, but that’s not enough to put Apple’s worries to rest.

Even if Trump doesn’t impose tariffs on Apple, China may always decide to take various measures against Apple locally. Apple is the most successful US tech company operating in China, mainly thanks to Cook’s leadership, with annual revenues of around $50 billion.

But China could retaliate against Apple in response to Trump’s moves. Apple fears that “the Chinese-bureaucracy machine is going to kick in,” which could lead to unwanted issues like shipment delays, and increase scrutiny under the guise of national security concerns. China could also attack Apple in response to the way Chinese companies including ZTE and Huawei have been treated in the US recently, the report notes.

Apple believes that China may have retaliated against the company back in 2014 when Obama indicted five Chinese military hackers. Months later, Chinese regulators delayed the approval of the iPhone 6 citing security reviews.

Cook has been working both with China and the US, the report notes, to advance Apple’s interests. Apple is finding it easier to talk to the Trump administration than Obama’s, and Cook supposedly sees an opening on trade issues because there’s disagreement on China in the White House. Cook ultimately doesn’t believe that Chinese retaliation against Apple, or a trade war, will happen.