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U Of I’s Wilson Discusses Effects Of Immigration Executive Order

University of Illinois Executive Vice-President Chancellor Barbara Wilson.

University of Illinois Executive Vice-President Barbara Wilson. L. Brian Stauffer/UI News Bureau

University of Illinois administrators have expressed concern over President Trump’s recent Executive Order, halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, and entry by refugees for 120 days.

U of I Executive Vice-President Barb Wilson says the university is still compiling data, but well over 300 students, faculty, and visiting scholars could be affected by the order.

Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline spoke with Wilson about the possible impact of the Executive Order on the U of I system, and about what support and advice the university is giving to those from the seven countries on the list.

She and other U of I administrators put out a statement this morning objecting to President Trump’s Executive Order.  The countries named in the order are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.