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We’re a company founded by immigrants: here’s why we don’t support the immigration ban

On Friday, President Trump banned entry into the United States for migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries and instated a 120-day halt to resettlement of refugees from around the world.

As the founder of a global team, I believe this ban is fundamentally wrong and directly opposed to Buffer’s values of inclusion, diversity and openness.

Buffer is a company founded and run by immigrants. I am in the U.S. on my second visa and have been lucky to spend most of the last 5 years in the U.S. I believe Buffer wouldn’t be where it is today if I hadn’t been able to build it in America.

While Buffer doesn’t currently have teammates from any of the 7 countries targeted, we are nonetheless affected by and angered at Islamophobia and racism everywhere it exists. Our team believes in diversity and inclusivity around the world.

At this time, we are offering extra legal support and resources to our 6 Buffer teammates with U.S. H1-B visas or green cards. We’ve signed the Never Again tech pledge to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants, and all people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the incoming administration’s proposed data collection policies. We offer our full support, including time off if and when needed, to teammates who wish to protest this executive order through peaceful demonstrations, donations or other actions. (I personally have donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is contesting this executive order, and I know several Buffer team members who have, too.)

We have always covered 100% of the costs for teammates emigrating to America, and we will continue to cover all legal and financial aspects of the process to support these teammates.

If you’re looking to support diversity and acceptance for people of all religions and cultures, spread hope in the world, or get a message to President Trump right now, here are a few ways to learn more and share your voice:

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We believe everyone deserves a voice on social media, and at this moment your voice matters more than ever.

  • Kaegan Donnelly

    Thank you for standing up and speaking out Joel and team!

    • Hopping in for Joel to say thank you for your support, Kaegan! :)

  • A big thank you to you and the team for standing up for human rights and against xenophobia.

    • Thank you so much for this solidarity and support, Maryem; it is so appreciated!

  • Scott N.

    Sorry guys, but I have to disagree with this article. I really do not believe any of you truly understand this. If this was a true muslim ban, then why weren’t all immigrants from all muslim countries banned? This is only temporary and is meant to make sure that we are able to properly screen anyone who wants to come to America. It’s an attempt to improve security. That’s all. I’m really surprised that people who are so smart can get so caught up in the misinformation that the media puts out. Please investigate this from all sides, including from Trump himself.

    I have to ask…does Buffer perform background checks on potential employees? Do you just allow anyone to join the team without indepth interviews? I’m pretty sure you do everything you can to make sure you are getting an awesome employee and not someone who is going to wreck your company or your company’s reputation. That’s what this is all about, but on a national scale. I know it’s not an exact comparison, but you have to admit…it’s very similar. I just want everyone on all sides to think this out and not just have kneejerk reactions.

    Just my thoughts on this.

    • Hi Scott, hopping in for Joel here if that’s OK. Definitely appreciate you sharing your point of view with calmness and respect; it’s great to be able to share a civil discourse on topics where tensions can run high. I agree it’s important to investigate this from all sides; we made sure to include the full text of Trump’s executive order in the post above so folks could read and draw their own conclusions. We’re definitely not asking everyone to agree with us on this; but in order to be true to the values we live and work by we felt it was important to speak up for what we believe. Hope it’s OK to agree to disagree here.

      • Scott N.

        “Hope it’s OK to agree to disagree here.”


    • Well articulated, Scott.

  • Thank you Buffer team <3

  • Just stop… Can’t anyone just focus on running their business anymore without preaching a political view that ticks off half of their customers either way?

  • LeeAndra Blicher Fouts

    I’m so glad to read this. <3

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