Universities respond to Trump travel ban

The statement said little about the university's plans to handle Trump's ban on admitting refugees and citizens of several predominately Muslim countries.

While we recognize the need for federal actions to protect our national security, we are concerned this executive order will unnecessarily interfere with members of our campus community.

Just before 10 p.m. Sunday, CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano posted a lengthy message on Facebook about Trump's executive order, writing that the campus leadership will continue to evaluate "recent events that have cause concern for and among members of our CU Boulder community". "Students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds strengthen our campus, and we remain committed to fostering an environment that upholds our values of inclusion and diversity".

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Texas A&M University for decades has welcomed students, faculty and staff from countries around the globe. BU wouldn't disclose their identities, to protect them from potential backlash, spokesperson Renee Charles said. He said that there is the possibility that individuals from the listed countries on the order, including those on student or scholar non-immigrant visas, dual citizens and green card holders, could not be readmitted to the country.

According to the University, students and scholars from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen have already been contacted about the order. While these efforts lay the foundation to help those directly impacted by the executive order, the University needs to take more direct action in rejecting this policy.

Currently, the GW International Services Office, the Office of General Counsel and the External Relations division are working to understand exactly how the executive order will affect our students, faculty and staff and for how long.

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As this dynamic situation develops, the University will continue to monitor the situation and offer the best advice possible for students, staff, and faculty.

As Sullivan emphasized in her email, "being a great university in the 21st century means being a global university, and our entire University community is enriched and enlightened by interacting with teachers and students from other nations".

A federal judge in NY has issued an emergency stay to prevent the executive order from being enforced until a legal ruling on its constitutionality is made.

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I strongly support the statement from the Association of American Universities, of which we are a member.