A note I shared with my Team Post Immigration Ban
Since the issuing of the travel ban last week, I’ve been in conversations with friend, family and colleagues. Below I’m sharing the note that I sent to my team on Tuesday.
Dear KIND Team,
The last several days have been emotionally draining and difficult for many of our team members. We are witnessing a continued unraveling of the civility, respect and common cause that have made America such a unique example for our world. Some of us have been debating how to respond in a meaningful way to try to bridge gaps, foster empathy and understanding, and use the force of KIND to unite our country. In the meantime, I wanted to share some personal thoughts.
Executive orders announced on Friday banning refugees and citizens from 7 predominantly Muslim countries (initially including dual citizens and green card holders) from traveling to the United States particularly concerned me. As many of you know, I am an immigrant AND the child of a refugee. My dad survived the Nazi concentration camp of Dachau during the Holocaust and was liberated by American soldiers in 1945. John Leahy’s dad was among the war heroes that risked their lives to save innocent people they had never met. It is that courage and kindness that has most defined America to me. Coming from Mexico, I grew to appreciate and never take for granted the rule of law, free enterprise system, freedom of expression, and moral fiber combining strength and compassion that have made our economy strong and our society so vibrant.
We have the shared responsibility to protect America – the America that protects its citizens AND respects the dignity of others (especially those most vulnerable); the America that prizes liberty and justice for all; the America that brings people together to create and innovate, to learn from one another and to care for each other. I have heard from several of you over the last couple days and feel your sadness and fear. Be assured that the KIND family will always stand strong together.
No matter your stance on this issue (or the next one that stands to divide us), I think that we can all agree that now, more than ever, we need to be KIND. As members of the KIND team, we are well positioned to spread kindness, and I urge you to lead by example. Listen to those whose opinions are different from yours, and seek to understand them. Go out of your way to help those who need it. Find the strength to be kind in the midst of what at times feels like a sea of hatred. I recognize it isn’t easy (otherwise everyone would be doing it) – but I believe this team that I’m so proud to be part of can be a beacon on the road ahead.
Last, for those who may be personally affected by the immigration order and need help, please know that you can reach out to HR or to me directly.
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