NORMAN, Okla. — University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren affirmed its support for students and staff affected by President Donald Trump’s immigration ban in a statement Sunday.
The statement comes after Trump announced Friday that the administration would bar refugees from entering the United States for four months, claiming the ban is necessary to prevent "radical Islamic terrorists" from entering the nation. He said Syrian refugees would be banned indefinitely.
The State Department imposed a 90-day ban on all immigration to the U.S.from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, also citing terror concerns.
A federal judge issued an emergency order Saturday night temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to Trump's travel ban, saying travelers who had been detained had a strong argument that their legal rights had been violated.
Boren called for those who may be affected by the order to return to the United States as soon as possible, affirming support for faculty, staff and students who may be affected by the developments.
Bored reiterated the university’s “strong” support for international students, stating, “When we reduce the opportunities for young people to come to America to take advantage of the educational opportunities here, we not only harm them, but we also damage the image and inspiration of America around the world.”
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