On Friday, January 27th, 2017, the White House issued an Executive Order entitled, “Protecting The Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into The United States.” As has been well-publicized, the Order suspends some immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries — Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya — for 90 days, halts the refugee program for 120 days, and suspends the admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely. Since being issued on Friday, it has resulted in thousands of people being stranded and detained, away from their homes and families, and facing immense uncertainty over their futures.
Below is the response that Rapid7’s president and CEO, Corey Thomas, shared with media over the weekend:
“As a midsize company with a global customer and employee base, these actions increase fear, uncertainty, and the cost of running a business, without clearly articulated security benefits. I believe that this action not only risks serious harm to innocent lives, it also weakens the position of US companies over time, and thus weakens the US economy. I am supportive of thoughtful security measures that are clearly communicated and well executed; however, these executive actions do not meet that standard.
“We want to applaud and thank the Massachusetts senators and representatives that have taken a stand against this action.”
We hope for swift and positive resolution for all those adversely affected by this Order.