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MPAA’s Chris Dodd: Studios ‘Concerned About Impact’ of Trump’s Travel Ban

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MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd said that the studio trade association was “concerned about the impact” that President Trump’s travel ban on refugees and restrictions on immigration will have on the creative community.

“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,” Dodd said in a statement on Monday. “The MPAA is concerned about the impact of the executive order on individuals with legitimate personal and business relationships in the United States.

“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.”

Trump’s executive order suspends refugee immigration into the United States for 120 days, restricts entry from seven Muslim-dominated countries for at least 90 days and prohibits Syrian refugees indefinitely.

Trump’s travel restrictions, which he signed on Friday, triggered protests across the country on Saturday and Sunday, including demonstrations at major U.S. airports. Senate and House Democrats had their own rally on Monday in front of the Supreme Court to condemn the order.

It also was a repeated topic during the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, as figures such as Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mahershala Ali  and Lily Tomlin spoke out against it. On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences said that it was “extremely troubling” that Asghar Farhadi, the director of “The Salesman,” nominated for a foreign language Oscar, could be barred from entering the country. Farhadi has since said that he would not attend the ceremony.

A number of tech CEOs also have condemned the travel restrictions, including the heads of Netflix, Twitter and Apple.

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