Uber Technologies Inc. was in critics’ crosshairs while Lyft Inc. was winning support after the companies’ very different responses to President Donald Trump’s immigration order.
The backlash came as New York taxi drivers went on strike Saturday and joined a protest at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport against Trump’s order blocking entry to the U.S. by immigrants from select largely Muslim countries, while a tweet from Uber indicated the company had suspended surge pricing, causing some to view the company as seeking to undermine the strike.
Lyft largely stayed out of Saturday’s confrontation but sent an email to users Sunday saying that the company would be donating $1 million over the next four years to the American Civil Liberties Union.
President Trump signed an executive order Friday that banned the entry of immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and bars Syrian refugees indefinitely. A federal judge stayed the order Saturday, which temporarily stopped the deportation of refugees and other immigrants detained at U.S. airports.