Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Uber and Lyft Boycotts Over Trump Immigration Policies

Uber and Lyft Boycotts Over Trump Immigration Policies

Viral reports that people in the U.S. are deleting Uber and Lyft apps over the company's response to President Trumps immigration ban of immigrants from 7 Muslim nations.

iRumorMill.com Determination: Real

Depending on where they stand with President Trump, Lyft and Uber clients are deleting their apps from one of the ride share services.
Uber customers were upset over surge charges that were imposed when taxis at JFK went on strike to protest an immigration pause, which President Trump enacted by Executive Order. This according to a Jan 30, 2017 article by CNBC. Rideshare apps automatically increase fees when there is a greater demand for services.
On Jan 29, 2016, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent this notice to drivers:
At Uber we've always believed in standing up for what's right. Today we need your help supporting drivers who may be impacted by President Trump's new immigration ban.

Drivers who are citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen and live in the US but have left the country, will not be able to return for 90 days. This means they won't be able to earn money and support their families during this period.

It's important that as a community we do everything we can to help these drivers. Here's what Uber will do:
•   Provide 24/7 legal support for drivers who are trying to get back into the country. Our lawyers and immigration experts will be on call 24/7 to help.
•   Compensate drivers for their lost earnings. This will help them support their families and put food on the table while they are banned from the US.
•   Urge the government to reinstate the right of US residents to travel—whatever their country of origin—immediately.
•   Create a $3 million legal defense fund to help drivers with immigration and translation services.
If you are a driver or a friend or family member of someone who has been affected, please contact us here.
Uber is a community. We're here to support each other. Please help Uber to help drivers who may be affected by this unjust and wrong immigration ban.
Uber Founder & CEO
Kalanick received additional criticism because he "was one of several tech executives named on Trump’s business advisory group, including Tesla’s Elon Musk and IBM’s Ginni Rometty." This according to a Jan. 30, 2017 article by Salon.

Lyft announced to drivers that they are standing against Trump and sending a $1 million donation to the ACLU:
We created Lyft to be a model for the type of community we want our world to be: diverse, inclusive, and safe.

This weekend, Trump closed the country's borders to refugees, immigrants, and even documented residents from around the world based on their country of origin. 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.

We know this directly impacts many of our community members, their families, and friends. We stand with you, and are donating $1,000,000 over the next four years to the ACLU to defend our constitution. We ask that you continue to be there for each other - and together, continue proving the power of community.
John & Logan
Lyft Co-Founders