CFGI Quoted – “Companies warn employees not to travel amid immigration ban”

2/1/2017
New York Post


“Some top US companies have told employees from countries included in President Trump’s immigration ban to cancel travel plans outside the US out of fear they won’t get back in.

“The companies…are also telling employees already abroad to stay there…

“…Start-ups entrepreneurs are also fearful of flying.

“…For US corporations and employees who come from around the world and do business globally, Trump’s order was jolting — preventing people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the States for at least 90 days.

“The order led to chaos over the weekend, with judges temporarily blocking some provisions.

“…While a few firms gave numbers for the affected employees, ‘many companies are still digging in and trying to figure out how many employees are affected,’ said Lynn Shotwell, executive director of the Council for Global Immigration, which has 250 members including large corporations.

“‘It’s a tough situation,’ she told Bloomberg.

In the past, such decisions were made with enough time so that questions such as the status of green-card holders could be ironed out in advance.

“‘Because it all happened so quickly there was a great deal of confusion,’ Shotwell said.

“Many companies don’t know their staffs’ birthplaces because tracking national origins could run counter to anti-discrimination laws.

“The [C]ouncil advised its members to send messages to employees expressing support and asking those who may be affected to come forward.”

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