CFGI Quoted – “Locked in Trump's America: Immigrant Employees Are Afraid to Travel”

1/31/2017
Bloomberg


“Khash Sajadi is locked out of the U.S.

“Omid Scheybani is locked in.

“Both are frozen in place by President Donald Trump’s order banning citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations. They’re ensnared by a policy that has triggered chaos around the world, and, increasingly, reaction from companies…have told affected employees to cancel travel outside the country. 

“…For U.S. corporations and employees who come from around the world and do business globally, Trump’s order Friday [January 27] was jolting. It prevents people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days. The order led to chaos…with judges temporarily blocking some provisions and the administration giving conflicting messages on its implementation.

“‘This is an about-face for corporations that have operated as global entities for more than a decade,’ said Pat Cook, chief executive officer of recruiter Cook & Co. in Bronxville, New York. 

“…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…

“…‘It’s a tough situation,’ she said. 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 staff’s birthplaces because tracking national origins could run counter to anti-discrimination law. 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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