U.S. Technology Startups Panic Over Immigration Ban

By Mario Solis Marich


Kate Mitchell: Don't travel outside the country right now.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Kate Mitchell said her startup companies have a message for their employees who are foreign nationals: Don't travel outside the country right now.
"Common sense would say, why take the risk?" said Mitchell, co-founder and partner at Scale Venture Partners.
Silicon Valley draws on a global workforce. These young businesses depend on hiring quickly from every corner of the world, traveling globally to find customers and having access to Silicon Valley venture capitalists to raise funding.
President Donald Trump issued an executive order a week ago that put a 120-day halt on the U.S. refugee program, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely and imposed a 90-day suspension on people from seven predominantly Muslim countries - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It triggered widespread protests, and the chilling effect has spread far beyond citizens of those nations.

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