The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on the potential fallout from President Donald Trump’s executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U, and has encouraged the Chamber to help Americans “make sense of the policy.”
The president’s order was blocked by the courts in late February and the order is currently suspended.
But in a Monday interview with The Wall St. Journal, Scott Stapleton, president of The Chamber of Corporation Counsel, said the UCC should help Americans make sense of this policy and take advantage of its resources.
In the interview, Staperton said that “our members, our executives, have a lot of experience in these issues and we are very excited about that because we believe that this is a very good thing.”
“I think this is going to be very useful to the country and it’s going to help the Chamber’s operations,” Stapton said.
“We are really excited about this.”
Stapleton’s remarks came just hours after the Chamber sent out a memo that asked its member corporations to “help Americans make the case for immigration reform.”
“It is essential that we work to make sense in our communities and the rest of the country of the rationale for the president’s executive action, especially when we know the president is in office and will continue to enact policies that threaten our constitutional freedoms and freedoms of people of color,” the memo said.
The memo came amid mounting criticism from civil liberties groups and business groups who said the ban was a clear attempt to curtail First Amendment rights.
“We are deeply concerned that the executive order, if implemented, could impact businesses that have been engaged in a long and productive dialogue with the UMC about the immigration reform that the president supports,” said Matthew Levitt, senior counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.
“The Chamber is a leading provider of legal services and a leader in advancing immigration reform.
As the UCO’s CEO, I am committed to working with the Chamber on this important issue,” he added.
In a statement to the WSJ, Stappleton said the Chamber had always advocated for a more nuanced approach to immigration reform and was “deeply disappointed” by the Trump administration’s executive orders.
“As a private sector, Chamber members have a fundamental responsibility to provide services that support the economic growth of the United States, and this is an area where the Chamber should work with the Administration,” Stappton said in the statement.
“The Chamber has consistently worked with the administration on immigration reform, and we hope that they continue to work with us to advance this important policy agenda.”