Airbnb CEO Promises Free Housing To Refugees In The Wake Of Trump's Executive Order

"Let's all find ways to connect people, not separate them."

In the midst of the chaos that came on the heels of President Trump's executive order prohibiting all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky tweeted a generous offer to those stranded overseas or not allowed into the country.



Chesky's offer came as one of three tweets followed a wave of massive protests taking place at airports around the country as the Department of Homeland Security began enforcing the order, causing scores of people who were mid-flight when the order was signed to be detained by Customs and Border Patrol agents upon arriving in the United States.


Although it's unknown how Chesky and Airbnb plan to accommodate those affected, the most likely scenario would be the company either paying Airbnb apartment/home hosts, enlisting volunteers, or both.


Over 500,000 legal residents — green card holders — will also be affected as they attempt to re-enter their adopted country.

An email from DHS acting spokeswoman Gillian Christensen to Reuters confirmed that the order would prevent legal permanent residents from returning to the United States until they had gone through further screening.

Although a federal judge in New York temporarily blocked the executive order for some visa holders who arrived in the U.S. on Saturday as well as for those in transit, the Department of Homeland Security said in a press release that they "will comply with judicial orders; faithfully enforce our immigration laws, and implement the president's executive orders to ensure that those entering the United States do not pose a threat to our country or the American people."

Predictably, the executive order set off a firestorm of activity across social media, with vitriolic heapings of both praise and condemnation being issued from all sides of the debate. Among these was  a rather sharply-worded dissection by Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes, who wrote that the "executive order on visas and refugees is mitigated chiefly — and perhaps only —by the astonishing incompetence of its drafting and construction."

It seems that the fate of this order will have to be decided by the courts. Until then, however, hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance. Actions like those being taken by Chesky and Airbnb can only help ease the transition.

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