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.
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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.”
See Boren's Full Statement Below:
<em>Members of the OU community:</em>
<em>We are monitoring the developments in U.S. immigration policy resulting from President Trump's new executive order. Dean Suzette Grillot and the College of International Studies staff have been in contact with students who originated from the seven countries affected by the executive order.</em>
<em>Our understanding of this executive order continues to evolve as federal officials release more information. Our strong recommendation to persons who might be affected by the executive order is to refrain from traveling outside of the United States if they are already here, or try to return to the United States as soon as possible if currently outside of the country.</em>
<em>The University affirms its support for all faculty, staff and students who may be affected by these developments. I especially want to reiterate our strong support for our international students, who are valued members of our university family. Bringing international students to study in our country helps build lasting friendships with people all around the world. Those who study in our country become persuasive and articulate friends of the United States when they return to their home countries. 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. </em>
<em>Should you have any questions or if we can guide you to support services, please contact the College of International Studies 24/7 hotline at (405) 630-5392 or International Student Services at <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a> or (405) 325-3337.</em>
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