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ESA joins other tech companies in issuing statement on Trump immigration ban

The organization reminded the president that 'the video game industry thrives on the contributions of innovators and storytellers from around the world.'


The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is one in a growing list of tech companies that spoke out against President Donald Trump's executive order proscribing wide swaths of people from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States (via Game Informer).

"The Entertainment Software Association urges the White House to exercise caution with regard to vital immigration and foreign worker programs," per the statement.

"As a leading force in technology and exporter of entertainment, the U.S. video game industry thrives on the contributions of innovators and storytellers from around the world," the statement continues. "While recognizing that enhancing national security and protecting our country’s citizens are critical goals, our companies rely on the skilled talent of U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, and immigrants alike. Our nation’s actions and words should support their participation in the American economy."

The ESA is known primarily as the organizer for E3, the industry's largest annual trade show.

Other tech companies issued comparatively more direct statements than the ESA. "GDC is a global community," wrote event organizers for the annual Game Developers Conference on Twitter. "We're horrified by the #MuslimBan. Of course we'll refund affected attendees, and keep fighting for inclusivity."

President Trump's EO—which affects students, legal green-card-carrying residents, refugees, and immigrants—has already been challenged in court by four judges and counting following widespread protest at major US airports and in countries around the globe this past weekend.

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