On Friday, January 27, President Trump signed an executive order intended to crackdown on illegal immigration and acts of terrorism. Among other things, citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries were barred from entering the U.S. for 90 days. According to the Institute of International Education, about 17,000 students in the U.S. come from those countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Over the weekend, many college officials initiated actions to reassure their students from the named countries that they would do all they could to support them.
Maryland’s Morgan State University President Dr. David Wilson wrote a letter to the Morgan State Community encouraging students from the banned countries to delay plans for international travel until he obtained “more clarity on President Trump’s order.”
Interim president of the City College of New York (CCNY), Dr. Vincent Boudreau, used Twitter to encourage any CCNY student who was denied entry into the U.S. to contact him directly.
University of Michigan officials issued a statement announcing that they would not release the immigration status of their students to federal authorities.
An official from the University of Akron said two graduate students from Iran have been affected by the order and are unable to return at this time. President Matthew Wilson wrote in a statement, “…We will do our best to minimize any disruption or negative fallout, and will assist any member of our University family impacted by significant changes in the U.S. immigration policy.”
Ohio State University President Michael Drake said the university would protect students’ immigration status.
Morgan State President Wilson concluded in his communication to the Morgan State Community: “We are a wonderfully diverse community and value the diverse faiths represented on campus. We do not discriminate against individuals based on their religion, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristics.”