In a memo to employees, Kalanick said he was no longer participating because of the President's immigration order. "Earlier today I spoke briefly with the President about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community, " Kalanick wrote. "I also let him know that I would not be able to participate on his economic council. Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the President or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that." Kalanick was one of 16 business leaders on President Trump's business advisory council which was scheduled to have their first meeting on Friday.
Uber has faced criticism since last weekend after President Trump issued an executive order on travel ban. #DeleteUber was trending because Uber continued to offer their services to JFK airport when the taxi worker's union had joined the protests and was going to have a work stoppage. It is unfortunate that Uber was just providing people a way home for people stranded at a congested airport and then were deemed "strike-breaking." Its also unfortunate that there are people just looking for a reason to be upset and not realizing the inconvenience they are posing for travelers. I am in no way shape or form in agreement with Trump's executive order and in fact I support the protests. But the people that are causing so much trouble for regular travelers and Uber offering to reduce this congestion and chaos, what is your end goal? Kalanick in a separate e-mail sent to drivers, noticed them that the company will be providing compensation to those who will lose out on earnings because they're banned from returning the US. The company will also be providing legal support to help them return. The effort includes a $3 million defense fund that will be used to assist drivers with any immigration and translation services.
The CEO has previously stated that there are drivers in the company that send their earnings back to the home country to loved ones and then take long breaks back overseas to spend time with their families. Kalanick has promised to identify these drivers and compensate them pro bono during the next three months during the executive order effective duration. It is amazing how so many tech CEOs have come out and put forward statements that condemn the president's actions. Some companies have taken direct action to challenge his executive order. Lyft announced they will be donating $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union over the next four years, while Airbnb will be hosting displaced refugees impacted by this action. Global leaders have also taken a stand against Trump. Many world leaders have offered to shelter refugees and travelers affected by his executive order.