Standing Up to the BAN

April 10, 2019

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Standing Up to the BAN

“As a platform that connects people from all walks of life, to the tastes, scents, and goods that power our communities, The Muslim Ban goes against America’s core values and risks undermining neighborhood prosperity. That is why it is crucial for Congress to step in and right this wrong. And that is why our colleagues in any tech sector that taps into the vibrancy of communities around them to grow their marketplaces, must also stand on the right side of history,” said Vikrum Aiyer, Vice President of Global Public Policy & Strategy Communications. “Thanks to the leadership of Sen. Coons (D-DE) and Rep. Chu (D-CA), this legislation would restore our country’s commitment to our highest ideals and protect a vital source of economic dynamism by dismantling and degrading policies of hate.”

The following Postmates statement was submitted to Congress on Wednesday April 10th, 2019 in conjunction with a press conference introducing new legislation to tackle this issue.

It is no coincidence that the United States is home to more innovation and entrepreneurship than any other place on earth. The same values that make America a vibrant democracy also drive innovation: freedom, pluralism, and opportunity for all. When we embrace and defend those values, we thrive. But policies that limit our diversity and liberty — like the existing Muslim ban — also hold back our ability to produce the next generation of entrepreneurs and unleash game-changing innovations.

As a marketplace platform that connects and empowers people from all walks of life, to the tastes, scents, and products that power our communities, we believe it is important to speak out in support of a diverse, welcoming country. Entrepreneurship is often fueled by immigrants. About a quarter of new businesses in the United States are started by immigrants. Nearly half of the top 100 countries on the Fortune 500 list were started by an immigrant or their children.

The Muslim Ban goes against America’s core values and risks undermining our prosperity. After years of court battles, the Supreme Court unfortunately has upheld the latest version of the Ban. That’s why it’s crucial for Congress to step in and right this wrong. And that is why our peers & colleagues in any sector that taps into the vibrancy of the communities around them to grow their businesses must also stand on the right side of history.

Thanks to the leadership of Senator Chris Coons of Delaware and Representative Judy Chu of California, there is a bill that would immediately reverse the Muslim ban and amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to prevent discrimination on the grounds of religion. The NO BAN Act would restore our country’s commitment to our highest ideals and protect a vital source of innovation and economic dynamism by dismantling and degrading policies of hate. By reversing a ban on muslims & asylum seekers — as well as by extending religious discriminations protections under the Immigration & Naturalization Act — these efforts would affirm an American story that is built on the celebration of a tapestry of culture, inclusivity concept, and creed. We urge all Members of Congress, from both parties, to support this important legislation.

To see the power of unity over division, we need only look at the recent example of New Zealanders who rallied around their Muslim neighbors after a terrorist killed 50 worshippers at two mosques. Non-Muslims condemned the bigotry that motivated the attacks, joined Friday prayers, and wore head scarfs in solidarity. There was a similar outpouring of support in America after the President first announced his Muslim Ban, with protesters and volunteer lawyers rushing to airports to stand with stranded travelers and immigrants. The NO BAN Act is an opportunity to reclaim that spirit and channel it into real change.

The politics of fear and resentment are a threat to our nation’s social fabric and economic future. Collectively, we will continue to stand up to discrimination, mobilize, and partner with organizations to fight for your democracy. We stand with the ACLU to educate our cooks, our fleet, and our small business owners of their immigrant rights when DACA protections are diluted. We stand with Muslim Advocates to push for policies of tolerance after tragedies of division. We stand for American stories whose origins are rooted in a tapestry of tastes & traditions. And we will apply the superpower of our products and the inventiveness of our technologies to continue to invest in equitable & inclusive outcomes in the communities we call home.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting the NO BAN Act and the values of diversity and inclusion that have made America the greatest source of innovation and entrepreneurship the world has ever known.

Postmates

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