Elon Musk: Tell Me How to Fix Trump's Immigration Order

By Angela Moscaritolo Features PCmag

Elon Musk has an action item for you to add to your to-do list: Read President Donald Trumps' executive order on immigration and provide (constructive) feedback.

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The Tesla and SpaceX CEO, who is a member of Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, on Sunday asked his 6.9 million Twitter followers to read the order and then offer up advice on specific amendments that would make it better. Musk said he will "seek advisory council consensus" and then "present to President."

Musk sits on Trump's panel alongside tech execs like Uber's Travis Kalanick, IBM CEO Ginni Rommety, and GM CEO Mary Barra. The group was formed in December to advise the president on job creation.

Musk was one of many Silicon Valley executives over the weekend to speak out against the executive order— which limits immigration from seven countries for 90 days: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen—though not as forcefully as others.

Musk argued on Twitter that "the blanket entry ban on citizens from certain primarily Muslim countries is not the best way to address the country's challenges." Early on Monday morning, however, Musk retweeted a message from someone who said that "after reading the language of the order, it looks far less bad than portrayed by left." Musk added that: "Reading the source material is better than reading other people's opinions about the source material."

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Meanwhile, Uber's Kalanick on Sunday said his company will create a $3 million legal defense fund to help affected employees with immigration and translation service. The company came under fire over the weekend for failing to participate in a taxi strike at New York's JFK Airport protesting Trump's order. By crossing the picket line, the company incurred a flurry of wrath online: The #DeleteUber hashtag began trending on Twitter, encouraging folks to quit the pickup service.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.