Ford CEO Mark Fields has criticised President Trump's immigration policy as ‘against our values’
31 January 2017

Ford will not support the temporary immigration ban in the USA introduced by President Trump, according to chief executive officer Mark Fields, who said: ‘We do not support this policy or any other that goes against our values as a company.’

Fields confirmed no Ford employees have been directly affected by the ban to date and he added: ‘We are proud of the rich diversity of the company in the USA and around the world.’

The joint statement from Fields and Chairman Bill Ford follows on from two days of intensive discussions between Ford and President Trump’s team in Washington last week. This was to discuss economic issues and Ford’s decision to invest $700 million in its Michigan assembly line rather than creating a new plant in Mexico at a cost of $1.6 billion.

A spokesman for Ford in the UK said: ‘Ford’s position on this issue is reflected in many other companies in the USA and around the world. We will continue to work to support the values of respect and inclusion in our business.’

The United Automobile Workers (UAW) union has joined Ford in condemning the ban on passport holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries entering the USA for 90 days.

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Dennis Williams, President of the UAW, said: ‘We are a nation of immigrants and our union would not exist of immigrants and non-immigrants alike hadn’t fought in solidarity for the rights we cherish today. The UAW opposes discrimination of any kind and denounces any policy that judges people based on their religion or nation of origin.’

Other large US companies have also condemned the immigration ban. They include Tesla, Facebook and Google. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, said in a tweet: ‘The blanket entry ban on citizens from certain primarily Muslim countries is not the best way to address the country’s challenges.’

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31 January 2017
Commendable and courageous decision by Ford to challenge the racialised policies of Trump & Co.

31 January 2017
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Commendable and courageous decision by Ford to challenge the racialised policies of Trump & Co.

Why do you consider regaining control over immigration "radicalised policy's?
Do you then want unlimited movement of people throughout the world?
The ban imposed is only for 90 days whilst new rules come into force over vetting. Whilst a few people were caught out in transit they have now been let in to the US, indeed over 800 Syrian refugees that already had permission to enter are being accepted this week according to a statement fro the Deoartment for Homeland Security.
Did you know that 16 Muslim countries ban Israeli passport holders from visiting let alone living in their countries?
The CEO of Ford has one vote like everyone else and is supposed to abide by the electorates choice of candidate it's called democracy.

31 January 2017
Conceivably enlightened self-interest as he ponders on the risks of international boycotts of US-owned companies, their products and services. Thankfully Ford's founder, renowned anti-Semite and trade union opponent, who was much revered by Hitler, is no more, so their history may be behind them. Still, there is much more choice these days than Ford, GM and FCA when choosing a car.

31 January 2017
I am well chuffed at the reaction that the new US administration is drawing over their policy. I was still trying to understand the rationale of the critique that our government has issued and now Ford. Politics is a strange bird.

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