The open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance of new Americans are one of the country's greatest strengths and most defining characteristics. And that is no coincidence -- America, after all,was and is a country of immigrants." Though Pichai didn't name Trump directly, he did make a reference to the controversy. "That is why it's so disheartening to see the intolerant discourse playing out in the news these days statements that our country would be a better place without the voices, ideas and the contributions of certain groups of people, based solely on where they come from, or their religion." Earlier this week, Trump advocated a ban on all new immigration of Muslims to the US.
The idea was widely condemned, including by some of his fellow Republicans. Pichai, who was named to Google's top post in August this year, is himself an immigrant. He was born in Madras and moved to the US almost 22 years ago. "I was fortunate enough to gain entry to a university here, and time after time, I saw that hard work opened other doors. I have built a career and a family and a life here. And I've felt as much a part of this country, as I felt growing up in India," he wrote.