>> Silicon Valley taking the lead in a small but growing corporate push back against President Trump's partial travel ban. Amazon and Expedia on Monday supporting a Washington state lawsuit aiming to stop the immigration order. Reuters west coast legal correspondent, Dan Levine.>> The state of Washington is now the first state to go to court over the Trump immigration restrictions.
So far legal challenges have been just filed by individuals who were at airports or hurt by it. So this is the first state to go to court. So this is essentially a way for the companies to show what side their own without going and filing a lawsuit themselves.
>> That as the heads of Netflix, Apple, Facebook and Google all come out strongly against the ban. The outcry expanding to other corporate titans. Ford putting their truce with the president over sending US jobs to Mexico in jeopardy, the auto maker becoming the highest profile manufacturer yet to come out and say it does not stand behind the president on this issue.
Goldman Sachs, the first Wall Street firm to speak out. Company CEO Lloyd Blankfein telling employees, this is not a policy we support. Starbucks' Howard Schultz, never shy from inserting his company into the political dialog, in a snub to Trump pledging to hire 10,000 refugees around the world. Corporate CEOs no doubt in a tough spot as the Trump years begin.
If they speak out against the president they risk facing his strong retribution ala Twitter. But if they don't, they could face backlash from the customers outraged by the policy. Ford, after all, is headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, home to one of the largest Arab-American populations in the country. A fact that's certainly not lost on the automaker.
Some are learning the lesson the hard way. Uber hit with cancelled accounts, and a Delete Uber hashtag campaign for seeming too chummy with Trump. The car hailing app now agreeing to set up a $3 million legal fund to help out its drivers impacted by the ban. A costly way to try to sway public opinion back in its favor.
For many Silicon Valley companies though, it's not just about PR, there's real concern about how Trump's policy will impact all the foreign born programmers they've come to rely on.