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Immigration debate highlights Big Tech's struggles with Trump

Tech leaders meet with President-elect Donald Trump in 2016
Tech leaders met with President-elect Donald Trump in 2016. Photo: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

For tech executives, the Trump administration's child separation policy provided a moment of clarity when the choice to speak out was relatively easy.

Yes, but: After Trump's executive order on Wednesday, companies were once again struggling to figure out how to respond. The executive order itself turned down the heat for the moment — but also raised more questions than it answered. This has been an all-too-common experience, according to insiders at several of the tech companies.