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On the morning of June 27th, I received the following e-mail from the Co-Founders of airbnb, Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk.:<hello@airbnbmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 6:49 AM
To:  xxxx
Subject: Let’s keep traveling forward

 

Hi Helen,

 

The US Supreme Court decided to uphold the travel ban. We are profoundly disappointed by the Court’s decision. The travel ban is a policy that goes against our mission and values — to restrict travel based on a person’s nationality or religion is wrong.

And while this news is a setback, we will continue the fight with organizations that are helping those impacted. Airbnb will be matching donations to the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) up to a total of $150,000 through September 30, 2018 to support their work advocating for systemic change and legal pathways for those affected by the travel ban. If you’d like to join us, you can donate here [link removed].

We believe that travel is a transformative and powerful experience and that building bridges between cultures and communities creates a more innovative, collaborative and inspired world. At Airbnb, we are so grateful to our community who will continue to open doors around the world so that together, we can travel forward.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk

Airbnb, Inc.
888 Brannan Street,

San Francisco, CA 94103

As soon as I recovered some semblance of calm, I sent off this reply:

I very much resent this e-mail, and your attempt to propagandize against the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the travel ban.  I think it’s very presumptuous of you to use your “platform” and contact people on your company’s customer mailing list.  I consider that to be an irresponsible use of your company’s resources.

I have used Airbnb in the past, but I now can assure you, that I will no longer use your service, unless and until I see that you have recanted and repented from your absolutely absurd position.

If you will study your U.S. History, the U.S. Constitution, and the Immigration and Nationality Act, you might learn that travel bans are completely appropriate for the protection and safety of the interests of the United States and its citizens.

The Constitution grants Congress authority to control the “migration” of persons to our shores, and Congress, using its constitutional authority, has enacted a law that grants the president the power to determine, on his own, who gets to come into this country and who doesn’t. Any group of aliens the president “deems” to be “detrimental to the interests” of the United States can be prohibited entirely from entering the country.

The president can do this entirely on his own. He doesn’t need to get permission from anybody, including Congress. President Trump used this authority to ban immigration to anyone from five Muslim-majority nations which are hotbeds of Islamic fundamentalism (Iran, Syria. Libya, Somalia, and Yemen) and from two additional unstable and therefore dangerous regimes (North Korea and Venezuela).

Please remove my e-mail address from your mailing list, immediately.

(signed) Helen Estevez de Guzman Maguire, proud to be a citizen of the United States — and proud supporter of President Donald Trump!

Addendum: In issuing his ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, President Trump relied on a 65-year-old provision of the federal Immigration and Nationality Act (which, by the way, had also been invoked by Barack Obama 19 times, Bill Clinton 12 times, George W. Bush six times and Ronald Reagan five times. George H.W. Bush invoked it once).

“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/trump-v-international-refugee-assistance-project/; http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-immigrant-ban-history-20170130-story.html

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