Univ. of Minn. researcher abroad concerned amid Trump's executive order

U of M file photo
U of M file photo

- According to the University of Minnesota, a researcher in Jordan is trying to come back to the U.S. but is stuck in a limbo following President Trump's executive order. A student was en route to Iran to conduct research when the order was signed and has arrived safely, but could face issues when trying to leave. The University said, at this point, he is able to complete his work as planed.

The University is advising students, faculty, and staff who are from the affected countries to avoid travel outside the U.S.

“The University currently has one student in Iran. The student was en route to Iran to conduct research when the order was signed and has now arrived safely. No other faculty, staff, or students are registered to be in the countries affected by the executive order for University business. We also have recently heard from a Senior Researcher who is having trouble re-entering the U.S. from Jordan, after a personal trip to the region.”

The University is advising students, faculty, and staff who are from the affected countries to avoid travel outside the U.S. at this time, and encouraging all others to consult with an adviser if they have concerns about travel or other visa-related issues.”

University President Eric Kaler’s response to executive order on visas and immigration,

Dear students, faculty and staff,

The University of Minnesota is a public, land-grant institution with a long history of global engagement. We are committed to supporting all members of our community. We are proud to be an inclusive, globally-engaged University that has welcomed students and scholars from around the world for more than a century. We have built a University community that embraces diversity, and we thrive by working toward a common goal to make the world better through education and research.

Last Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that impacts immigration procedures for students, refugees, immigrants, and permanent residents from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The wisdom of this order, its impact on our national safety, and the consequences for our students, faculty, and staff will be debated, but the issues remain of great concern to the leadership of the University. We are grateful to count among our community more than 8,000 students and scholars from around the world, including hundreds from the seven nations identified in the executive order. We have communicated with members of those communities, and we will continue to assess whether any of them have yet been adversely affected by the executive order. If so, we will help.

We remain steadfast in the commitment of our five campuses to welcome and support students, faculty, and staff from around the globe. Late Saturday, a federal judge in New York issued a stay on at least parts of the president's executive order. This is an evolving situation, and we will continue to monitor it closely.

We remind you that immigration and legal resources are available through International Student and Scholar Services and University Student Legal Service should you have specific questions.

This University will support members of our community adversely affected by the executive order. We will advocate for you. You are entitled to be treated with justice and dignity, and the University of Minnesota stands with you.

Sincerely,

Eric W. Kaler

President


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