Published on February 7th, 2017 | by Kyle Shatto0
Travel Bans Education
Protests have erupted across the country against President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
“The travel ban hinders the growth of America,” Jacob Lafser, Florida Southern student said. “America was founded on immigration and we should allow people in.”
As lawyers and judges across the country scramble to find out what this travel ban means, so do American colleges and universities.
A Florida State University student is stranded in Iran. He is filing to get a new visa but is not confident that he will be able to receive one in the 90 day period, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
This ban can also affect students that are applying internationally to American schools.
“Having the opportunity to be able to get an education from an American institution is a privilege that these students were able to earn through their academic skills shown in high school,” said Janie Malson, a Florida Southern College Admissions Counselor. “These students should be able to come to America to grow as students and further their academics.”
Dozens of universities across the country have released statements against the ban–some even going as far to say that they will protect private information of the international students, faculty and staff.
On Friday, a federal judge out of Seattle issued a stop to President Trump’s executive order. This will help those students for the time being, but the Department of Justice as well as the White House are seeking new ways to appeal the judge’s ruling.