I am writing to you later than usual this morning to include news on President Trump’s executive order
imposing a 90-day travel ban on individuals from seven majority Muslim
countries and halting refugee admissions into the United States. A
federal appeals court panel last night left in place a district court
ruling issued last Friday blocking the order. Prior to that decision,
more than 600 of you signed on to a letter
to Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, and I would like to
thank all of you for responding so quickly to add your voice to the
powerful message coming from nearly all quarters of higher education: We
value our international students, faculty, researchers and staff, and
international exchange is a core strength of American higher education.
More on the status of the executive order is below, along with news on
the Senate vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as secretary of education and the
nascent effort to roll back Obama-era higher education regulations.