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Microsoft Immigration Ban Exceptions Program Proposal Sent to DC

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Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft Corp., speaks at the Microsoft Annual Shareholders Meeting in Bellevue, Washington, on Nov. 30, 2016. (Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 03:26 PM

Microsoft, seeking to create a program of immigration ban exceptions, on Thursday sent a proposal to Washington in an effort to help employees impacted by President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on travelers coming into the United States from certain areas.

Microsoft President Brad Smith sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking for a case-by-case review for what he called “Responsible Known Travelers with Pressing Needs,” according to Reuters.

Smith argued in the proposal the secretaries have the ability to grant exceptions to the order signed by Trump last week, which implemented a law previously signed by President Obama while he was in office.

Many technology companies have publicly opposed Trump’s order because they have employees from the seven countries limited by the travel ban. Microsoft said 76 of its employees are impacted by the ban as well as 41 dependents of those employees, Reuters reported.

Several of the affected employees were traveling outside the country and can’t get back to their families, while another is in the U.S. but has “a desperate need to visit a critically ill parent abroad,” according to CNN.

The program Microsoft is proposing would only apply to those with a valid student or work visa and their dependents as long as they have not committed any crimes, and travel would be limited to two weeks, CNN reported. Smith asserted that anyone applying for the exception would already have been vetted by the U.S. government to get their visas in the first place.

“We believe there is a need and opportunity, amidst the broader debate, for immediate action under the executive order to help real people address pressing needs,” Smith wrote, CNN reported.

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Microsoft, seeking to create a program of immigration ban exceptions, on Thursday sent a proposal to Washington in an effort to help employees impacted by President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban on travelers coming into the United States from certain areas.
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