Statement on Executive Order on Immigration
Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:
We are still trying to understand the implications of the President’s recent Executive Order restricting the entry of citizens of seven Middle East and African countries into the United States for a period of 90 days. While many of us discuss the policy, systems, and institutional implications, I am asking you to think about the impact on your coworkers, students, and their families. I am not asking you to take a stand on the Executive Order. I am asking you to provide moral support and compassion to those from one of the identified countries as they struggle to understand the effect of the Order on their lives and make any necessary decisions.
In the days and weeks to come, we will learn more about the way the order will be enforced and the order’s effect on individual faculty, staff, and students, and their families. The most currently available information can be found at http://go.illinois.edu/openillinois2. This webpage will be updated as appropriate.
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has contacted, individually, those they know will most likely be within the scope of the Order. I have also sent messages to those people in the College who are from one of the seven countries identified in the Order. If you will be affected but have not received individual communication, please let the Dean’s office know so that we can connect you with ISSS. If you have questions, please go to the link identified above. If your questions are not answered by the information on the webpage, contact ISSS directly (217-333-1303 ext. 1) or contact the Dean’s office (217-333-2131).
Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell, Ph.D.
College of Applied Health Sciences
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana