January 28, 2017

WASHINGTON—The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, issued the following statement from President and CEO Dean Garfield on the president’s executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States," which suspends immigration from certain countries. In the statement, ITI urges the Trump administration to provide greater clarity regarding the executive order and encourages the administration to move quickly to define a process for exceptions.

“We are deeply respectful of the president’s responsibility to protect our national security. This decision came without comment or advance notice and has injected a tremendous amount of uncertainty for a wide range of people, including employees within the tech sector. We are troubled by reports that even lawful permanent residents are now unable to return from abroad and many more of our employees, who have been previously vetted and who love and contribute greatly to our nation, could be barred from returning to the U.S. simply because they visited their families abroad, even in cases of emergencies.”

“It is because of our commitment to a secure nation and our unwavering belief that immigration can continue to be our strength, that we call on the administration to provide more clarity on the president’s executive order, including defining the process for allowing vetted employees back into the country.”