News Roundup: Colleges and Communities Respond to Immigration Order


The effects of President Donald Trump’s most recent executive order are already being felt at high schools and colleges across the country.

The action temporarily bans individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US or obtaining visas, including F-1 and J-1 student visas.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and other media are closely monitoring this developing story. The coverage below explores  the order’s effect on students, scholars, and communities.

Universities Grappling with Impact of Trump’s Immigration Ban (video embedded above): “About 17,000 of America’s international students come from the seven predominantly Muslim countries that President Trump banned from entering the country with his Jan. 27 executive order.” View the full report from The Washington Post.

Trump’s Travel Ban Leaves Students Stranded — and Colleges Scrambling to Help: “Stay calm, you’re safe here. That’s the message American colleges have been trying to send to international students in the wake of an executive order, signed Friday night by President Trump, that imposes a travel ban on visitors.” Read the full story from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Here Are 7 People Whose Lives Were Changed by the Travel Ban: “International students and scholars across the country found themselves in limbo following an executive order that President Trump signed on Friday banning citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.” Read the full story from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

10 Ways to Support Students Facing Immigration Crises: “As immigration scholars and engaged teachers who work closely with undocumented students, we offer the following suggestions for faculty and administrators to consider.” Read the full commentary published by Inside Higher Ed.

Where Immigrants From Banned Nations Live in the US: The shock waves hit with particular force in immigrant communities located in Minneapolis, San Diego, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. Read the full story from The New York Times.

Higher Education Leaders Denounce Trump’s Travel Ban: “The speed and volume of the response by the large number of colleges and academic groups —some without a tradition of quickly weighing in on political developments — was highly unusual.” Read the full article from Inside Higher Ed.

Trump’s Immigration Order Could Affect Thousands of College Students: “Thousands of students from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are currently studying or working on visas in the United States.” Read the full article from FiveThirtyEight.

How is your school responding to Trump’s immigration order? Use the comment section below to share your story, and read NACAC President Nancy Beane’s response to the ban.

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