Upon Jan. 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump ratified an executive order regarding the entry of Muslim and refugee immigrants of seven countries, inclusive of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Nations exempt from the Democratic party and human rights advocacy organization-coined “Muslim Ban” are Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, and Russia—each coincidentally engaged in business with the officeholder.
In summary, the ninety-day human embargo is illustrated as blockading nonnatives, green card owners (a permit facilitating the residency and employment of a foreigner within the United States), individuals with dual citizenship, and the “extreme vetting” of refugees seeking sanctuary from civil warfare. Moreover, it has been reported that the deportation of Muslim citizens merely thought to have committed unlawful acts will be reviewed.
Fortunately, Congress, the American people, and as of late, academic institutions, are opposing the undisguised prejudice and discrimination exploited with a political agenda and misuse of the presidential title.
The University of Michigan, located within Ann Arbor, Michigan, and established in 1817, released a statement campaigning on the behalf of its Muslim, refugee, and collective immigrant students.
On January 28th at eight o’clock, the university president, Mark S. Schlissel, published to the announcement bulletin that, “The University of Michigan welcomes and supports students without regard to their immigration status. We will continue to admit students in a manner consistent with our non-discrimination policy. Once students are admitted, the university is committed to fostering an environment in which each student can flourish.”
Furthermore, “The university complies with federal requirements associated with managing its international programs. Otherwise, the university does not share sensitive information like immigration status. […] In accordance with federal law, the enforcement of immigration law rests with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection. Campus police will not partner with federal, state, or other local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration law except when required to do so by law.”
It was reiterated that international enrollees have been accepted into the environment as of the 1840’s, and the leading “foreign-born faculty member”, Dr. Louis Fasquelle, LL.D., was appointed within 1846.
Significant scholarly organizations and policies are identified as collaborative with the Maize and Blue among six hundred alternative colleges/universities, including the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order.
“Here on campus, we have established a working group to help us better understand the needs and concerns of international members of our campus community and to consider ideas for additional support.”
Additional deans of faculty have vocalized their refusal to comply and the support for the protection of their students, such as Deborah Prentice of the Ivy League Princeton University, who mass-emailed the campus to advise against global travel “until there is some clarity and legal analysis of the situation.”
Stanford University and Chapman University addressed its graduates similarly in the fashion of a disheartened widespread message, respectively:
In addition, President Angel Cabrera of George Mason University tweeted to his student followers:
Although the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Federal Judge Ann Connelly have momentarily triumphed in the legal challenge against the Muslim Ban, and a myriad of immigration attorneys have recommended their pro bono efforts to airport detainees amidst protest demonstrations nationwide, it is a provisional band-aid on a typhoon of devastation. With reference to Hamilton: An American Musical, “history has its eyes on us”, and we can persevere in existing on its righteous boundary.
If you possess the resources to aid this imperative cause, donate to ACLU here. Likewise, the International Refugee Committee is accepting donations and volunteers here. Your activism may be as simplistic as tweeting with the hashtag “#NoBanNoWall”, or phoning state representatives at your local area code, but every singular action stimulates a chain reaction. Resist.
“Non nobis solum nati sumus.
(Not for ourselves alone are we born.)”
— Marcus Tullius Cicero