Murdoch Sons Decry Trump's Immigration Ban: "Immigration Is an Essential Part of America's Strength"

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Lachlan Murdoch (left), James Murdoch

"Moreover, as a company that is driven by creativity and innovation, we recognize the unique perspective offered by our many people who came to the U.S. in search of the opportunity for unfettered self-expression," reads the internal memo from Lachlan and James Murdoch.

The Murdoch sons are the latest figures in Hollywood to respond to President Donald Trump's immigration and travel ban. 

On Monday, 21st Century Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch sent a memo to colleagues and employees decrying Trump's executive order, which assures employees that they "value diversity and believe immigration is an essential part of America's strength."

President Trump's immigration ban has sparked protests around the country, with people demonstrating at airports and speaking out against the detention of travelers. The executive order, signed Friday, targets people from countries including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

"21CF is a global company, proudly headquartered in the U.S., founded by — and comprising at all levels of the business — immigrants," reads the memo. "We deeply value diversity and believe immigration is an essential part of America’s strength. Moreover, as a company that is driven by creativity and innovation, we recognize the unique perspective offered by our many people who came to the U.S. in search of the opportunity for unfettered self-expression.

"With the recent changes to the U.S.’ immigration policies, we know this is a time of real uncertainty for many of our colleagues around the world," it continues. "First of all, we want to assure you that we’re doing what we can to assist impacted colleagues and their families.

"Our immediate focus is on identifying and reaching out to people who may be affected. We are providing them with a range of support, including legal advice and assistance," the Murdochs say in the memo, directing employees to the human resources department for help. 

The Motion Picture Association of America, the trade org for the major Hollywood studios, also on Monday took issue with Trump’s ban. “The U.S. film and television industry is part of a global enterprise that is enriched by the contributions of talented individuals from around the world. The MPAA is concerned about the impact of the executive order on individuals with legitimate personal and business relationships in the United States,” MPAA chief and former Democratic Senator Chris Dodd said in a statement. "Among those potentially affected are members of the creative community who cannot freely express themselves in their home country and come to the United States seeking the opportunity to communicate and enlighten. Our mission of storytelling brings people closer together and introduces us to new perspectives from all over the world. We firmly believe our country can both protect its national security and be a welcoming place for those who respect our values."

Read the Murdochs' full memo below.

Colleagues,

With the recent changes to the U.S.’s immigration policies, we know this is a time of real uncertainty for many of our colleagues around the world.

First of all, we want to assure you that we’re doing what we can to assist impacted colleagues and their families.

While details of the new policy remain in flux in many instances, we do know it has broad implications. The new restrictions impact business travelers and current employees from seven countries for an initial period of 90 days. The current restrictions are not limited to visa holders, but also extend to permanent residents who are citizens of those countries.

Our immediate focus is on identifying and reaching out to people who may be affected. We are providing them with a range of support, including legal advice and assistance.

If you have any questions about how you and your family may be impacted, please contact your business unit HR manager.

21CF is a global company, proudly headquartered in the U.S., founded by – and comprising at all levels of the business – immigrants. We deeply value diversity and believe immigration is an essential part of America’s strength. Moreover, as a company that is driven by creativity and innovation, we recognize the unique perspective offered by our many people who came to the U.S. in search of the opportunity for unfettered self-expression.

We will continue to monitor developments in what is still a fluid situation. We will keep you informed as we learn more.

In the meantime, please know that the well-being of our colleagues is our top priority. 

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