The following is an excerpt from Rishi Iyengar | February 23, 2018 | CNN.com |
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has lived the American Dream. Now he thinks President Trump is ruining it.
"I'm incredibly lucky to have emigrated to the United States at a time when the US was welcoming," said Khosrowshahi, who came to the country as an Iranian refugee at the age of 9.
"The American Dream is the single most incredible brand in the world. Everyone knows what the American Dream means," he said at a business summit in New Delhi. "I'm worried that with the attitudes that the administration has about immigration etc., that wonderful brand is getting ruined," he added to loud applause.
Asked about US government moves this week to further curb the popular H-1B visa program -- which brings thousands of Indian engineers to Silicon Valley -- the Uber CEO hailed India's "unbelievable" tech workers as one of the main factors behind the country's progress, and said the US should welcome the talent.
Khosrowshahi has criticized Trump's approach to immigration before. On the day of Trump's inauguration, when Khosrowshahi was still CEO of Expedia (EXPE), he tweeted an advertisement touting the importance of travel to fight "narrow minds" and "prejudice."
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