Officials from the University of SC issued statements to students following President Trump's signed executive order which suspends the entry of refugees from seven countries to the United States for 120 days.
According to Department of Homeland Security statistics provided by the university, 17,000 students nationwide were allowed in the United States for the 2015-2016 school year from the seven countries listed in the executive order.
President Waded Cruzado emailed a statement Monday to all MSU faculty and students, saying the university has current and prospective students, professors and staff members who are affected by Trump's order. Besides Syria, those countries are: Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
Global students, faculty and staff contribute to our rich educational experience and mission. Instead, Vitter's statement said the university was still "gathering information and evaluating the impact of executive orders".
University of Oregon Provost Scott Coltrane announced that the university plans to provide attorneys to any student, staff or faculty approached by immigration officials due to U.S. President Donald Trump's policies. Columbia President Lee Bollinger and Barnard President Debora Spar both denounced the order over the weekend in emails sent to students, with Bollinger calling it "discriminatory" and opposed to the University's core values.
UW-Madison spokesperson Meredith McGlone said 88 students, faculty and staff are affected by the order, and have been advised to not travel outside of the country. It also puts the USA refugee resettlement program on hold for 120 days. "The order is stranding students who have been approved to study here and are trying to get back to campus, and threatens to disrupt the education and research of many others".
American University also is advising community members "who may be affected to postpone travel" outside the U.S.
The University of Alabama says they welcome and value their community from across the globe. They have gone through this huge process in order to have the visas that have enabled them to be a part of our university community.