Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

As Corporate Criticism Grows, Local Employers Express Concern about Trump's Immigration Order

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

As Corporate Criticism Grows, Local Employers Express Concern about Trump's Immigration Order

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Corporate criticism continued Monday against President Donald Trump's executive order restricting citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from traveling to the U.S.

Wall Street banks and a Detroit automaker added their voices to a chorus of condemnation that initially included mostly Silicon Valley tech companies.

That concern was reflected in the St. Louis region, especially among employers that recruit internationally and do business in countries named in Trump's executive order.

"That's causing a lot of concern for local companies and local foreign nationals," said Diane Metzger, an attorney at Clayton's Lowenbaum Law firm who specializes in immigration law. "If a local company has an employee from one of the seven countries, and they're here in the U.S., then absolutely they shouldn't travel internationally."

Advanced manufacturing firms, information technology companies and others in the St. Louis region that rely on high-skilled labor often have employees here on work visas. There's worry other countries could be added to the list, Metzger said, and some fear the work St. Louis has done to get foreign firms to look at the region could be partly undone by the federal action.

"It might have a chilling effect on those international companies looking to come to St. Louis," she said.

Executives from automaker Ford and investment bank Goldman Sachs were among those on Monday who joined leaders of Google, Uber, Netflix and other tech companies that denounced the order over the weekend. The order placed a 90-day ban on accepting citizens of Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya and Yemen, although the administration over the weekend did appear to relent on part of the order, saying permanent U.S. residents, or those with "green cards," would be allowed to enter. The order also placed a 120-day suspension of the U. …

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