The ride-sharing company Lyft has announced that it will donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union in response to President Donald Trump's executive order banning the entrance of refugees and temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, The Hill reports. The donation would take place over four years.
The announcement came in the form of an email sent to Lyft users by the company's co-founders. In the meantime, the ACLU is fighting Trump's executive order, taking the matter to court and winning an injunction against deporting refugees or migrants already in the US or in transit with valid visas.
Lyft isn't the only ride-sharing company bringing its weight to bear on the issue. Uber has pledged to pay drivers who can't return to the US because of the executive order while they're stranded abroad, reported The Verge. Uber thinks about a dozen employees are currently affected. In related news, the New York Taxi Workers Association, which represents taxi drivers, called for a protest on Saturday night. The drivers went on strike for an hour, refusing any fares. The NYTWA notes that taxi drivers are overwhelmingly immigrants and "largely Muslim."
While the NYTWA took an hour out of their busy runs to and from New York's airports, apparently the ride-sharing app Uber didn't get the memo. The company announced they would turn off surge pricing for people leaving JFK during the one-hour strike.
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
Journalist Dan O'Sullivan accused the company of strikebreaking on Twitter, and soon #DeleteUber became a trending hashtag. Uber's damage control fell short as well. The company claimed surge pricing was turned off so more people could attend the protest, however Slate pointed out that claim doesn't really hold water, considering surge pricing was only turned off for those leaving JFK.
Uber CEO and founder Travis Kalanick called Trump's immigration ban "wrong and unjust" in a note shared on the company's Facebook page. Uber also expanded details of its support of Uber drivers effected by the ban, including a $3 million defense fund, repayment of lost wages and 24/7 legal aid, according to TechCrunch.