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Ride-sharing companies' plan to keep driving past Trump's immigration ban

A driver who is displaying Lyft and Uber stickers on his front windshield drops off a passenger in downtown Los Angeles, California. (AP/Richard Vogel)

Lyft certainly was not going the same route as Uber when it comes to President Donald Trump's immigration ban.

Ride-sharing company Lyft blasted the president's executive order temporarily barring refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. in an email to customers Sunday evening. In the email, the company also announced it would be donating $1 million over the next four years to the American Civil Liberties Union.

"Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft's and our nation's core values," Lyft said. "We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community."

The email from Lyft was sent after Uber caught heat for its lack of complete participation in massive protests that broke out at airports across the nation as refugees and visa-holders were blocked from entering the U.S.

The New York Taxi Alliance went on strike at John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens Saturday night to protest the order and show "solidarity with thousands protesting inhumane [and] unconstitutional [Muslim ban]." But while the taxi alliance went on strike, Uber announced in a tweet that it would not implement surge pricing at the airport — meaning it would not raise its prices due to a drastic increase in demand.

As NBC News reported, Uber quickly clarified that the company did not mean to break with the strike as the backlash began to pour in and social media users called for people to delete the ride-sharing app.

In his own statement, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who is a member of Trump's economic advisory board, announced the company's plan to compensate employees who are affected by the ban for the next few months in order to "help mitigate some of the financial stress and complications with supporting their families and putting food on the table."

"While every government has their own immigration controls, allowing people from all around the world to come here and make America their home has largely been the U.S.’s policy since its founding," Kalanick said. "That means this ban will impact many innocent people — an issue that I will raise this coming Friday when I go to Washington for President Trump’s first business advisory group meeting."

Uber also announced Sunday that it would provide legal support for its drivers who are unable to come back to the U.S., as well as create a $3 million defense fund to help drivers with immigration and translation services.

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