Indianapolis, Indiana — Ride sharing company Lyft has responded to the President’s immigration ban in a huge way. Recently Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green announced that the company would be making a $1 million dollar donation to the American Civil Liberties Union over a period of 4 years to quote “defend our Constitution”. In an email that was sent to Lyft customers the company condemned the ban which halts the influx of refugees from Syria into the United States and also several other Muslim majority countries. The email continued stating that “banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft's and our nation's core values. We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.”
On the flip side of the coin Uber is not faring so well. In a lukewarm attempt to appease the masses but stay uninvolved CEO Travis Kalanick issued a statement stating that “We are working out a process to identify these drivers and compensate them pro bono during the next three months to help mitigate some of the financial stress and complications with supporting their families and putting food on the table. We will have more details on this in the coming days” But as of this writing no details have been released that this author could find. #DeleteUber has recently surfaced on Twitter as a majority of people feel Uber should take a page from Lyft and do or say more and was the number one trending topic for weeks
Another point of contention for a lot of folks following this story is Kalanick is part of Trump's economic advisory team and is a head of an international Silicon Valley company. One of the reasons Uber does not seem that concerned is in a statement made by the company they reference they "reached out to the dozen or so employees who we know are affected". With only a dozen or so employees the ban will not affect Uber that much. Recently the New York Taxi Worker Alliance announced via Twitter that in a show of protest they would not pick up passengers at the JFK Airport from 6pm to 7pm in New York City. Uber on the other hand announced that they would not be charging surge pricing during that time but indicated that they would still be in service, leading many to call them "strike breakers".
At this point in our history we are seeing Executive Orders that are being issued that go against the very principals this country was founded on. Refugees are fleeing war torn countries seeking safety from violence and tyranny only to find oppression waiting on our shores. The Statue of Liberty bears the words "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free". What happened to those principals? We may as well hang a sign that says "No more room at the Inn". We should punish Governments not people and sadly the ones most affected by this have done nothing wrong. Lyft has proven that liberty loving people in this country still exist and will take a stand against wrongs being untaken by a tyrannical government, and sadly thus far we are not even 100 days into the new administration. Does anybody else find it ironic that a nation of immigrants is now hostile to immigrants?