Google Creates $4 Million Crisis Fund To Support Those Affected By New Immigration Ban

Jan 31, 2017 08:00 AM EST | Andrew Davis

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Google created a $4 million crisis fund to help and support employees and people affected by the recent controversial executive order signed by U.S. President Donald Trump. The grant comes at the heels of Sundar Pichai voicing strong objections about the new immigration ban.

Google has pledged $2 million worth of funds and will be matched by another $2 million which will be raised from employee donations, with a total of $4 million. The crisis fund will be distributed accordingly to four organizations that include the American Civil Liberties Union, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, The UN Refugee Agency, and the International Rescue Committee. 

Also, Google executives will be separately giving donations to the cause, USA Today reported. This has been reportedly the largest amount raised by the search engine giant for a humanitarian cause.

Details of the crisis fund have been announced in a memo circulated among the company's staff. And it was confirmed by a Google spokeswoman late on Sunday, according to CNET.

"We're concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the U.S.," said Google in a statement. "We'll continue to make our views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere."

Google co-founder Sergey Brin joined protesters at the San Francisco International Airport to express his disappointment over the executive order signed by US President Donald Trump. In 1979, Brin and his family fled from the Soviet Union.

Currently, Google is responding to individual requests. The company is also working with relief organizations in an effort to find temporary housing to those affected by the immigration ban. Meanwhile, Airbnb is offering free temporary housing to people affected, Lyft is donating $1 million to ACLU, and other tech companies have made their own move to help individuals from 7 countries affected by the latest executive order from President Trump.

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