CEO at Ford Says Automaker Does Not Support Immigration Ban

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Mark Fields the CEO at Ford officially gave the automakers opinion on the immigration ban announced on Friday by President Donald Trump during an interview on Monday.

Fields said that the core to Ford’s values is respect for humans. He added that all of the company’s policies including policies in human resources support an inclusive and diverse workplace and Ford does not support policies counter to its values.

On Friday, Trump’s executive order barred immigrants from 7 nations that are Muslim majority from entering the United States.

On Monday, Ford said in a prepared statement that Fields signed along with Bill Ford the executive chairman, that it was not aware of any employee who may have been affected directly by the Trump order.

Fields became the first executive amongst those at Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors to respond to the immigration ban imposed by Trump. Ford has no released publicly a prepared statement.

Dearborn, Michigan, where Ford’s headquarters are located, has been given the title of capital of America’s Muslim with more than 30% of its overall population being of Arab descent.

Fields on two occasions met with Trump. Last Monday, Fields attended a meeting related to U.S. manufacturing where executives from Whirlpool, Under Armour, Tesla, and Lockheed Martin were present. He also attended a meeting Tuesday on manufacturing that included one CEO from Ford, Fiat Chrysler and GM. Fields is part of the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative of Trump.

Executives in the auto industry, including Elon Musk from Tesla spoke out during the weekend with statements against the immigration ban, but Ford, Fiat Chrysler and GM remained silent.

Musk on Twitter said that a blanket ban on entry on citizens from primarily Muslim nations is not the way to address the challenges in the country.

Lyft announced it was against the immigration ban made by Trump through its pledge of $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Travis Kalanick the CEO at Uber sent an email companywide Saturday saying the issue would be raised by him to Trump during the first business advisory group meeting, which has been scheduled in Washington for Friday.

Uber on Saturday was criticized when its users started deleting its app due to the company providing rides into and out of JFK International Airport in New York City, which was the site of protests being held against the executive order of Trump.

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