Donald Trump’s Executive Order on immigration and travel has seen ample protests throughout the United States, and now the business community is also drawn into the fray.
For example, Uber and its CEO Travis Kalanick were criticized by some of Trump’s opponents because the ride-sharing company’s founder is on the new president’s economic advisory council. And that angered even more when the ride-hailing company seemingly tried to take advantage of a boycott of New York’s JFK Airport that was directed against the immigration ban. Now Lyft has already made its stance well known by donating $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Now the second-biggest US automaker, Ford, has joined the fray with a statement from both Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Mark Fields declaring, “Respect for all people is a core value of Ford Motor Company, and we are proud of the rich diversity of our company here at home and around the world. That is why we do not support this policy or any other that goes against our values as a company.” There are fewer and fewer businesses on the sidelines – Apple, Microsoft and Netflix, among others – all issued their own condemnations. There’s a fine line to walk from now on in America – apparently, as the country is in huge political turmoil.