Frequently Asked Questions about the January 27, 2017 Executive Order
Last updated on Thursday, February 9, 2017
February 4, 2017 Travel Rights Restored at Least Temporarily
A federal court in Seattle entered a nationwide injunction banning the enforcement of the executive order on immigration. It is widely reported that US Customs and Border Protection officials have notified airlines to allow travel in the same manner as before the order was issued. The White House indicates that the injunction will be appealed. However, for the time being the travel ban will temporarily, at least, not be enforced.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a statement as follows: "In accordance with the judge's ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." This includes actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travelers for operational action subject to the Executive Order. DHS personnel will resume inspection of travelers in accordance with standard policy and procedure. At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this order and defend the President's Executive Order, which is lawful and appropriate. The Order is intended to protect the homeland and the American people, and the President has no higher duty and responsibility than to do so." DHS Statement
Individual travelers should contact their airline directly to inquire about any adjustment to the airline's boarding policy as a result of the judge's order. Please remember that the situation is very fluid, and travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen must remain aware that the situation could change rapidly for them. The DHS has confimed, "Importantly, these seven countries are the only countries to which the pause on entry applies. No other countries face such treatment. Nor have any other countries been identified as warranting future inclusion at this time, contrary to false reports."
NADOHE and ACAO Statement on Executive Order
On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order which, for the next 90 days, suspends entry into the United States “immigrants and nonimmigrants” from seven countries. Colleges and universities across the United States find themselves directly and immediately impacted by this executive order. Institutions are carefully reviewing the details of the executive order, in many cases are advising faculty, staff, and students from these countries not to travel outside the U.S., and for those who are currently outside the U.S., their status and ability to return is not certain.
We, the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) join with others in expressing our concerns with the manner in which the executive order was implemented. This approach threatens the core values of our institutions to be diverse and inclusive, and home to the best and brightest scholars, students, and staff regardless of country of origin.
The issues associated with the executive order are evolving, and in the weeks and months to come, ACAO and NADOHE, and others in the higher education community have a responsibility to each other, and to our respective campuses to advocate for fairness, justice and equal treatment under the law.
Each of us must be a voice that insists on fair and just treatment of immigrants to this great country, who also generate transformative research, create new knowledge, and who represent the workforce of the future that can navigate global environments. Silence in the face of this unjust executive order is an abdication of our collective social responsibilities.
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