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It looks like Trump has enraged yet another American industry
-Washington Post (2-7-17)

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In response to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, ASAE’s President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE issued the following statement on January 30, 2017:

“While ASAE supports strong screening of travelers entering the U.S., it’s clear that this order was too hastily enacted, sparking chaos and confusion across the world. Not only does it concern us in terms of the impact on international attendance at association meetings and conferences, it raises questions about whether we are making policy as a nation based on religion. ASAE urges the administration to clarify the intent of this order and confirm our nation’s commitment to equality and humanitarianism.

“We will be continuing to work with the Meetings Mean Business Coalition and other like-minded organizations to jointly address this issue,” Graham continued. “We will also reach out to our members to see how this ban affects them and their own members, and we’ll be closely monitoring this issue moving forward with a goal toward clarifying the order and making sure our members can operate effectively and facilitate international travel to their conferences and events.”

Many associations across the country and around the world have similarly voiced their concerns with the executive order. Here is a selection of responses from the association community:

American Educational Research Association: “We are dismayed by the Trump administration’s unprecedented executive order that harshly restricts the travel of immigrant and nonimmigrant visitors to the United States. Aside from the shockingly discriminatory and counterproductive nature of the order—specifically, targeting people of Muslim faith and refugees in dire need of help—it also poses grave consequences for the scholarly exchange and collaboration that is at the heart of all science.”

American Medical Association: “The AMA is concerned that this executive order is negatively impacting patient access to care and creating unintended consequences for our nation’s health care system.  Specifically, there are reports indicating that this executive order is affecting both current and future physicians as well as medical students and residents who are providing much needed care to some of our most vulnerable patients.”

American Psychological Association: “While safeguarding the nation from terrorist entry is of critical national importance, the Trump administration’s proposed restrictions on refugees and other visitors are likely to compound the stress and trauma already experienced by populations at risk for discrimination, limit scientific progress and increase stigma, according to the American Psychological Association.”

Association of American Universities: “We recognize the importance of a strong visa process to our nation’s security. However, the administration’s new order barring the entry or return of individuals from certain countries is already causing damage and should end as quickly as possible. The order is stranding students who have been approved to study here and are trying to get back to campus, and threatens to disrupt the education and research of many others.”

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI):“An arbitrary ban like this one has the potential to interfere and impede the benefits the tourism industry offers by way of economic development, job creation and promoting understanding between countries and communities. DMAI strongly urges the Trump Administration to review any visa issuance procedures in question, and lift this travel ban as quickly as possible.”

Meetings Mean Business Coalition: The administration’s executive order on immigration and refugees has led to concern and confusion across the meetings industry. Our industry is all about bringing people together, fostering relationships, driving positive outcomes and supporting communities. We are continuing to monitor the issue and will be reaching out to our members to understand how the executive order is affecting them. At the same time, Meetings Mean Business joins with industry partners in reaffirming that it’s critical to strike the right balance between enhanced security and travel facilitation. Together, we urge the administration to conduct its review of the visa issuance protocols quickly, and trust that it will yield an even more secure travel security system that protects international travelers and welcomes them into our country whether traveling for a meeting or leisure.

U.S. Travel Association: “We recognize the new administration’s desire to review visa issuance protocols with respect to countries that have a heightened risk of terrorist activity or weak law enforcement cooperation with our government. We urge the administration to conduct this review quickly, and trust that it will yield an even more secure travel security system that protects international travelers and welcomes them into our country to conduct business and to enjoy our cities, attractions, national parks and landmarks.”

ASAE is collecting stories about how associations and their conferences are potentially affected by the travel ban. If your organization is concerned and potentially affected by this order, please email us at publicpolicy@asaecenter.org. ASAE is also part of the Meetings Mean Business coalition which is also working on this issue.

Related Articles:

RAPID RESPONSE: WHAT THE IMMIGRATION ORDER MEANS FOR ONE CONFERENCE
-Associations Now (2-3-17)

ASAE RESPONDS TO TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN
-ASAE Inroads (2-2-17)

SCIENCE GROUPS, ASAE CALL ON TRUMP TO RESCIND IMMIGRATION ORDER
-Associations Now (1-31-17)

IMMIGRATION EXECUTIVE ORDER RAISES CONCERNS FOR MEETINGS, TRAVEL, AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRIES
-MeetingsNet (1-30-17)

TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION ORDER SPARKS WIDESPREAD CONCERN
-Associations Now (1-30-17)

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