Temple Addresses Concerns of International Students Amidst New Immigration Policy

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Temple University is addressing international students’ concern as their ability to travel in and out of the country remains uncertain.

The Trump Administration recently signed an executive order suspending the immigration of nationals from Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. After the news broke yesterday that multiple immigrants from the Middle East were being sent back by officials, Temple University President Richard Englert is addressing the situation in an email to staff and students.

Protestors at the Philadelphia International Airport after immigrants were turned away from entering the United States.
Protestors at the Philadelphia International Airport after immigrants were turned away from entering the United States.

 

“We advise all nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen to consider delaying international travel at this time, as it is not clear how re-entry will be affected by the new regulations. We hope the coming days and weeks will provide greater clarity, for the benefit of you as individuals and for Temple and other institutions of higher education,” the statement read. “Temple prides itself on being a community of diverse scholars, many of whom come to us from foreign nations. We are committed to enabling our faculty, students and visitors – both from the U.S. and from locations around the globe – to contribute to the vitality of the education we provide and the role we play in the local, regional and global economy. We embrace diversity as integral to our mission of education and discovery. Temple is a better university because of this diversity.”

Those who may be affected by the Trump Administration’s policy should reach out to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

President Englert said the University will continue to seek clarity on the situation and will release more information as it becomes available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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