Washington, March 6, 2017 — Today, President Trump signed a revised executive order banning U.S. entry of thoroughly-vetted refugees and citizens of six nations in the Middle East and Africa. The following is a statement from Jill Welch, Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
“Although the revised executive order makes some changes, the concerns NAFSA raised about the first executive order still remain. The new policy undermines the nation’s long-held values and makes America less safe by issuing a blanket ban on entire nations. The January 27 executive order caused enormous collateral damage as students and scholars were suddenly stranded abroad, and prospective students and scholars around the world are questioning whether the United States has lost its place as a nation that welcomes individuals. Today’s order continues to cause confusion and uncertainty about whether other countries will be added to the list in the future and raises issues for students who will be applying for visas in the months to come.”