By Paula Bernier
As I wrote earlier this week, President Trump’s executive order banning U.S. to refugees and travelers from seven heavily Muslim countries has been criticized from many of tech’s top brass. And today BroadSoft let me know that its CEO Michael Tessler, who recently became a U.S. citizen, has written a blog about his thoughts on the refugee ban.
Here are some excerpts on what he had to say.
“Today, I am frustrated to be an American. The recent executive order from our new president is an outrageous attack against the values of this country.”
“I also recently became an American citizen after living in the U.S. for many years. I grew up in Canada; both my parents and my friends' parents were immigrants. I grew up with friends from all nationalities and who spoke different languages. This was just the way it was. We all respected other cultures and learned from each other.”
“I had the opportunity to move to the U.S.A. many years ago to pursue my career. When Scott and I decided to move and make the D.C. area our home, it was the multicultural aspect of this neighborhood that reminded me of home. My kids have grown up not even realizing that they are going to school with kids that have grown up around the world, with unique culture and languages. When the elementary school had a potluck dinner, it was an amazing diversity of food and culture. I always felt fortunate that my children could grow up with this diversity.”
“After many years, I decided to become an American citizen and felt equally proud of both my home country of Canada and my adopted home, the U.S.A. However, the last couple of weeks has me worried about the direction that this country is going.”
“With the administration’s current immigration position, we believe that some of our most important values – freedom, openness, diversity and hope – are being challenged.”
“By visiting with members of the BroadSoft ecosystem, I have learned a lot about your cultures, business practices, and thinking. I want to reassure you that the administration’s recent actions and its tone do not represent the values of BroadSoft or the values of most Americans.”
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