President Trump’s Executive Order to prohibit entry into the U.S. for citizens of seven nations is leaving members of the KU community unsure of what to expect in the coming months.
Trump announced Saturday the order is for the “protection of the nation from foreign terrorists’ entry into the United States.”
The order sparked outcry from across the world as his executive order ceased immigration by refugees from countries for 90 days. Nations include Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The University of Kansas issued a statement in response to the new order with Chancellor Gray-Little standing against the Trump order.
“I want to reiterate that accessibility, diversity of thought, and free and open exchange of ideas remain core values of the University of Kansas,” Gray-Little said. “No matter your country of origin, the color of your skin, your religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation or political leaning – you belong at the University of Kansas.”
Arabic and Muslim groups at KU did not wish to be interviewed for this story. One female student said she didn’t want to speak because she didn’t want to be classified because of her religion.
The ban could affect as many as 42 students at KU who are studying from abroad. In the fall academic semester, KU was home to students from 4 of the 7 listed on the order. Thirty-five students came from Iraq, 3 from Syria, 3 from Libya and 1 from Yemen.
Several federal judges have challenged Trump’s executive order, and the battle may go to the Supreme Court.