Airbnb announced the launching of its free housing to travellers who are affected by the immigration ban issued by US President Donald Trump last Friday. This offering is open for refugees who are not in their own country and are barred from flights that are bound to US.
According to a report from Yahoo!, Airbnb's Co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky posted on Twitter that Airbnb will offer free accommodation to anyone who are affected and stranded outside the United States because of the travel ban issued by President Trump. "Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing," Chesky's tweet says.
Chesky also professed that the home-renting service company currently has 3 million home units. He further assured that the company can absolutely look for places where people affected by the travel ban could stay.
Airbnb's CEO is also known to be among the Silicon Valley heads who have shown their opposition against the executive order by Trump. The travel ban issued by Trump travellers and refugees from certain Muslim countries from entering the boarders of the United States for the next 90 days.
The Muslim countries include Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. "Open doors brings all of US together. Closing doors further divides US. Let's all find ways to connect people, not separate them," Chesky further pleaded.
According to a report by CNBC, the process on how Airbnb's offering of free houses will work is still unknown given the fact that some of the properties listed by the home-rental company are owned by third persons other than the company itself. However, this move by Airbnb will somehow be a sigh of relief to the distressed passengers, who are either on a foreign trip, family visit or any other purposes.
Aside from Airbnb, other huge American companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Netflix and Microsoft, have also expressed their opposition toward the travel ban issued by Trump. "Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do," Apple's CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.
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