Durham Chamber of Commerce joins opposition to Trump travel ban

Posted February 2

— The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce has joined with several tech companies to draft a letter to President Donald Trump, addressing his executive order on immigration.

In a press release, officials with the Chamber said that Durham has a diverse population and business landscape which is enhanced by the contribution of immigrants and that the Chamber opposes all legislation that is discriminatory in nature.

“Limits on access to visas negatively impacts the business community and hampers the area’s robust talent pipeline,” a statement from the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce said.

Trump’s executive order temporarily halts immigration from several majority-Muslim countries.

Google, Facebook, Dropbox and Microsoft were among other companies who signed the letter, which was sent to Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Minority Leader Nancy Peolsi, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Chuck Schumer.

On Thursday, Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead joined 48 university presidents across the country to sign a separate letter to Trump, asking that he rectify or rescind the executive order.


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