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LR Readers Trash Trump Travel Ban

Like much of the rest of the US tech sector, the majority of the Light Reading community strongly opposes President Trump's efforts to bar citizens from at least six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US.

In our latest website poll, 58% of readers said they oppose Trump's travel ban moves, which have been blocked by the federal courts as unconstitutional and discriminatory. Most of those opposed agreed with the statement that such a ban would be "bad for the US comms and tech sector." Even a small fraction of the 31% who supported the travel ban agreed with the majority that "it might have a negative effect" on the sector.

More than 1,700 readers responded to the poll, which was conducted mostly after the Trump administration came out with its original travel ban but before the president issued his second, somewhat revised executive order. That first executive order, which would have prohibited citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the US, was quickly struck down by a series of court rulings around the country. The new, revised order trims the number of targeted countries to six, removing Iraq from the list. (See Trump & Tech: Round 1, Telcos Tight-Lipped on Trump Travel Ban as Tech Titans Take Fire and Tech CEOs Rail Against Trump's Travel Ban.)

In the LR poll, slightly over 47% of readers agreed that the original ban was "bad and unconstitutional" and said it would hurt the comms and tech industries. More than 11% said they opposed the order but thought it would not "have any lasting negative effect" on the sector.

On the other end of the spectrum, nearly 27% of survey respondents said they supported the order and urged all Americans to "get behind it." Another 4.5% said they backed the ban as well but agreed with critics that it might hurt the comms and tech sector.

Finally, 10.5% of readers said they were neutral on the travel ban and were willing to see how it turned out once put into effect. But, at the rate the courts are ruling on the ban, they may never get to find out.

— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

KBode 3/24/2017 | 3:17:11 PM
Travel Ham-fisted and unnecessarily divisive, frankly. (The ban, not this post). :)
alison diana 3/23/2017 | 3:21:51 PM
H1-B Visas No doubt this ban will be overturned in the courts again. I'm really interested to see what, if anything, happens with H1-B visa programs, something all major tech and comms companies don't want changed according to all the articles I've read (both on Light Reading and more general-news sites). Seems programmers and other tech professionals potentially impacted by any change have mixed feelings; some claim visa-holders replaced them, for lower salaries and few if any benefits. Others say there's more than enough work to go around, given the dearth of specialists in areas such as DevOps, security and more. One thing is certain: The lobbyists are busy.
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