February 03, 2017

A letter that Bilal Zuberi’s son wrote to Trump. Credit: Bilal Zuberi

There have been, to put it mildly, a lot of reactions to Trump’s executive order on immigration. A lot. But what’s been the reaction in Silicon Valley, where so many founders and coders are the children of immigrants, or immigrants themselves? To find out, we talked to Bilal Zuberi, a dual citizen of Pakistan and the US, and a partner art Lux Capital.

Three Takeaways:

  • According to Zuberi, the mood post-executive order is dire. He compares it to a “terrible dream” and says that he knows of people saying: “‘I simply cannot code anymore. I just cannot focus on work anymore. I just need have to figure out what I need to do to make sure that this chaos goes away.’” 
  • On a more personal level, Zuberi and his family have been trying to deal with the news. He’s been going to protests, tweeting about the issue, and his children have written letters to President Trump. His son wrote simply: “Dear Trump, I’m sad that you are being mean to us.” 
  • In addition to the moral issues caused by the ban, Zuberi thinks it’s bad for the economy. He points out that, “for every product that we [the US] have, there’s an equal product that someone somewhere else in the world is producing. And if we are seen as the enemy, we really stand to suffer.” 

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immigration, Kara Miller, Bilal Zuberi, Sci and Tech

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