U Of I, Northwestern, U Of Chicago Decry Travel Ban

January 30, 2017
Foellinger Auditorium

Foellinger Auditorium on the University of Illinois' Urbana campus quad

University of Illinois Public Affairs

Illinois universities are speaking out against President Donald Trump's sweeping travel ban that has left some students and professors stranded abroad. University of Illinois President Tim Killeen put out a statement Monday saying its three campuses are "greatly concerned'' about the ban and "strongly recommend that students and scholars who might be affected defer travel outside the U.S. until there is fuller assesment of the Executive Order and its implementation," including the resolution of several newly mounted legal challenges."

School officials say they're working with those affected and offering resources.

University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer says the ban puts "unnecessary restrictions on the flow of talented scholars and students'' into the U.S. and damages the school's ability to "fulfill its highest aspirations.'' He sent a letter Monday to Trump saying in the "strongest possible terms" that it's important for the U.S. to continue to welcome immigrants.
 
Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro says the Evanston school "will take the necessary actions to protect our students, faculty and staff.'' He says Northwestern is "committed to being a welcoming and inclusive community.''

Story source: AP