Our stance on immigration


By Peter Reinhardt

The executive order signed on January 27 places restrictions on immigration that are inconsistent with American values and will negatively impact our communities and businesses for generations.

America is a country of immigrants, and we believe fundamentally that the order’s restrictions fly in the face of American values. As a company, we believe that diversity is a cornerstone of our success to date, and a key component of our future growth. Half of our executive team immigrated to the United States from India, Russia and Venezuela, one of our founders was a Soviet Jewish refugee, and our 120 teammates come from 20 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Denmark, France, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.

Segment strongly opposes the order’s restrictions on immigration, its religious exclusions, and its reduction in refugees allowed entry to the US. In addition to the regressive nature of the order with respect to American ideals, it sends a message to the international engineering, business, and science communities that they are “not welcome.” It’s incredibly shortsighted from a business perspective, and deeply upsetting on a human level in its rejection of the American tradition.

With this in mind, we are taking two actions today:

  1. We are committing to not participate in the creation of databases of identifying information for any government to target individuals based on race, religion, or national origin.

  2. We’re making a $10,000 donation to the ACLU, a $10,000 donation to the EFF, and will match up to $20,000 from the team at Segment to these same organizations.

We’re proud that Segment has been built by a team born in 20 different countries, and we’ll continue to hold our doors open to welcome the rest. We strongly recommend that the White House push to uphold America’s values, and welcome immigrants and refugees of all backgrounds and faiths. It’s not America if we don’t.

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