After President Donald Trump issued his “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” more commonly known as Trump’s travel ban, different taxi companies of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance refused to pick up passengers at the John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 28th from 6 to 7 p.m. Except Uber.
Uber announced that people would be able to use Uber to get to and from JFK Airport during the taxi strike and that they had switched off surge pricing. People argued that Uber was taking advantage of the taxi strike and supporting Trump’s travel ban.
Uber apologized, claiming that it was just declaring that people could use Uber at normal rates, but not everyone was content with the atonement.
#DeleteUber was all over Twitter as a rebuke to Uber’s controversial actions. More than 200,000 people have deleted their Uber accounts.
Some students share their opinions about the campaign.
Valencia High School senior, Allison Kim, told JSR, “I think that [#deleteuber] is a great thing. I think that it was terrible of Uber to try to make a profit off the immigration crisis, and that they need to pay for it.”
John Chu, a sophomore from Valencia High School, shares his opinions with JSR. “I understand why there are some people who might take offense to this, but I don’t think that what Uber did was all that bad. It’s a business company and businesses try to make money. Also, think about the people at the JFK airport who had nothing to do with the crisis. I think it’s a lot more complicated than just ‘Uber is racist’ like some people say.”