This weekend, Donald Trump kept his promise to his supporters by banning refugees from seven predominately-Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Protesters swarmed John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, Saturday as soon as news got out about immigrants being detained.
Donald Trump’s executive order blocks residents coming from Iran, Iraq, Librya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen coming to the U.S.
While this angered many, it angered a particular group of people, NYC taxi workers. On their Facebook page, they made a statement on what people are calling the “muslim ban”.
Followed by this, NYTWA stated in a tweet that they would stop trips to JFK from 6-7pm in respect to the protest.
— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) January 28, 2017
As New York taxi workers joined the muslim ban protest at the airport, Uber tweeted,
Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient.
— Uber NYC (@Uber_NYC) January 29, 2017
This caused an immediate fury with protestors. While people were fighting for human rights, they felt as if Uber saw this as an opportunity to profit.
Uber received instant backlash from this tweet which followed with the hashtag #DeleteUber. Uber riders were outraged around the world and had a lot to say on social media.
— HUNTER S. FAILSON (@Bro_Pair) January 29, 2017
Even Uber drivers themselves are choosing not to ever drive for Uber again.
at one point in time I was extremely happy to be an Uber driver, today i lost that and will NEVER drive for Uber again. #DeleteUber
— KK (@KNGKELS) January 29, 2017
Celebrities like Taraji Henson and Jesse Williams also went ahead and deleted their Uber App.
— Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) January 29, 2017
Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, sent out an email to Uber drivers expressing his concern. His email can be viewed on his Facebook.
“We are working out a process to identify these drivers and compensate them pro bono during the next three months to help mitigate some of the financial stress and complications with supporting their families and putting food on the table.”
Kalanick wanted to make it known that he had no intentions of supporting Trump’s decision when the insensitive tweet was sent out.
“That means this ban will impact many innocent people—an issue that I will raise this coming Friday when I go to Washington for President Trump’s first business advisory group meeting.”
He went on to mention all of the companies that are apart of President Trump’s economic advisory group.
“This is why I agreed in early December to join President Trump’s economic advisory group along with Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla), Mary Barra (Chairwoman/CEO of General Motors), Indra Nooyi (Chairwoman/CEO of Pepsi), Ginni Rometty (Chairwoman/CEO of IBM), Bob Iger (Chairman/CEO of Disney), Jack Welch (former Chairman of GE) and a dozen other business leaders.”
Was this a way to dissipate the heat towards other companies?
Today, Uber added an excerpt saying that they are not for the immigration ban in efforts to retrieving its riders.
Regardless of what Uber’s real intentions were, Uber riders are not having it.