Official responses ranged from expressions of concern to expectations that business would not be affected as Missouri employers took stock of President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from traveling to the U.S.
Diane Metzger, an attorney at Lowenbaum Law firm in Clayton who specializes in immigration law, said advanced manufacturing firms, information technology companies and others in the St. Louis region often rely on high-skilled labor of employees here on work visas.
At the Polsinelli law firm in Kansas City, immigration attorney Jeff Bell said he’s advising corporate clients that if they have employees from any of the seven countries, they definitely should not travel out of the U.S. at this time.
Some St. Louis area companies declined to comment, including many that have business matters before the Trump administration. Creve Coeur-based Monsanto, which has a highly international workforce, would not weigh in. It needs approval from the Trump administration’s Justice Department if it hopes to win regulatory approval for its pending sale to German drug and chemical conglomerate Bayer. General Motors and Boeing, which both have production facilities in Missouri, also have yet to publicly comment.
In Kansas City, some organizations, like Cerner and Black & Veatch, are taking the executive order in stride, noting they expect little impact on their operations. Smaller firms, like tech company Cambrian, say they’re worried if their employees from the seven countries listed will be allowed to remain in the country.
Health care organizations, some of the largest employers in the state, are also assessing the order’s impact, and some area doctors with connections to countries named in the order are worried about the impact on their families.