Uber Criticized for Undermining Immigration Ban Protests

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

People didn’t take kindly to Uber and Lyft operating during the taxi strikes that were organized to protest the controversial immigration ban.

The ride-sharing companies continued to pick up fares and Uber even cut surge pricing when the New York Taxi Workers Alliance held a strike to protest the immigration ban order. Many saw Uber as trying to profit off the strike, with celebrities like George Takei and Lena Dunham criticizing the move and social media hopping on board with the hashtag #DeleteUber.

The controversial executive order from President Donald Trump left refugees returning to the U.S. detained in airports across the country, spurring protests nationwide (again). The New York Taxi Workers Alliance called for a halt to rides to JFK airport, saying the group’s membership is “largely Muslim” and the refugee order increases the risk of hate crimes against its drivers. Uber drivers are included in the group.

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During the strike, Uber sent a tweet saying it would suspend surge pricing for users ordering rides to the airport. Lyft also continued rides to JFK during the strike, but released a statement on Sunday saying it would donate $1-million to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which sued Trump over the order and helped prompt a federal judge to block parts of the order.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has since released a statement saying his company will set up a $3-million fund to support immigrant drivers in need of legal services, compensate detained drivers for lost earnings and lobby the Trump administration to overturn the order.

[Source: Automotive News]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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