Lea Márquez Peterson responds to Trump’s wall

Since President Donald Trump delivered an announcement on Jan. 22 of what he calls “reshaping U.S. immigration enforcement policies via executive action,” one business chamber has spoken out on its possible impact.

Lea Márquez Peterson released a column to all of its members, titled, “A Latina CEO’s Perspective.” In it, she explained her “mixed response,” to Trump’s executive orders and recent temporary travel ban of citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan from entering the country for 90 days and suspended the admission of all refugees for 120 days.

Peterson wrote the column just after Trump’s first week in office.

“He’s (Trump) been in office for seven days and many of his recent actions disproportionately impact Arizona citizens,” she wrote. “It is vitally important that our state engage in the discussion and debate … I read with concern about the building of the ‘great wall’ and a potential 20 percent tariff on Mexican goods … on one hand, this will bring construction jobs to Arizona's border, but what does this do to U.S. relations and our growing business relationships with our partner, Mexico?”

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