Washington D.C. – National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) President Rufus Yerxa released the following statement in response to the Executive Order temporarily restricting immigration from seven countries:
“Enhancing national security is a critical objective, but it must be done in a thoughtful and measured way that permits legitimate business and educational travel. Country-wide travel bans do not take into account the contributions that foreign workers, business leaders, students, professors and others make to American society, or the benefits that accrue to businesses, communities, and society from welcoming these visitors.”
“We applaud the Department of Homeland Security for clarifying that the temporary ban will not restrict the entry of lawful permanent residents into the United States. We urge the Administration to consider additional clarifying statements to allow students, workers and business-related travelers who are otherwise eligible to enter and contribute to our country.”
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Serving America’s Global Businesses Since 1914 – The National Foreign Trade Council (www.nftc.org) is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules- based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.
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