Citing deep concern for its membership, particularly for those members hoping to attend events on U.S. soil, the Specialty Coffee Association has just released a statement on the executive order on immigration signed last Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump.
The largest professional specialty coffee trade organization in the world, the SCA was recently renamed and branded to reflect last year’s member-approved merger of the Specialty Coffee Association of America and the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe.
In its announcement today, the group said one of its missions is to “celebrate and nurture diversity” and that it opposes “any effort to divide or segregate our community.”
Here is the SCA statement in full:
A Statement on the Recent U.S. Executive Order on Immigration:
On Friday, the U.S. government announced an executive order restricting travel from seven countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—to the United States. As an organization committed to representing the specialty coffee community all around the world, we are deeply concerned about the impact this may have on our members, and especially those hoping to attend our events in the United States. We are assessing the situation and would invite any members from these countries hoping to attend our upcoming Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle this April to please get in touch. As stated on the home page of our website, we celebrate and nurture diversity. We oppose any effort to divide or segregate our community and will be monitoring this development carefully.
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