While Ford has come out to publicly condemn President Trump’s executive order to halt immigration from several middle eastern countries, according to Ford Authority, General Motors has stayed quiet on the matter.
However, according to an internal memo from GM, the company has vowed to help any employee affected by the travel ban. A GM spokesperson told Business Insider the company is not aware of any employee affected at this time by the executive order.
“To date, we are not aware of any GM employee directly impacted by the policy,” the spokesperson said.
The full memo can be found below:
Travel and Immigration Policy Update
As you are aware, issues of immigration and travel have been at the forefront of discussion since a new Executive Order was issued last Friday. Some of our colleagues operate here with a GM-sponsored work visa and a few are from the countries affected by the Executive Order.
Please know that, per our normal business practices, if any GM employee traveling back to the U.S. with a visa encounters difficulties, GM will provide the employee and his/her family with support.
At General Motors, we value and respect individual differences. We appreciate what each individual brings to the team, including background, education, gender, race, ethnicity, working and thinking styles, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, religious background, age, generation, disability, cultural expertise and technical skill. Empowering these unique perspectives keeps GM on the cutting edge of technological innovation in the fast-paced automotive industry.
We will continue to provide updates as needed if there are new developments.
To reiterate, GM has not taken a solid stance on the executive order, and GM CEO Mary Barra has not personally commented on the matter. Though, Barra will meet with President Trump on Friday to discuss manufacturing in the United States as part of her role in the president’s Economic Policy Forum.
Ford CEO Mark Fields and Executive Chairman Bill Ford released a joint statement yesterday regarding the latest policy stating the following:
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.