Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) and Associated Students of University of Arizona (ASUA)
Jude Udeozor, GPSCPresident@email.arizona.edu;
Michael Finnegan, ASUApres@email.arizona.edu
PRESIDENT TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION EO IS AN ATTACK ON HIGHER EDUCATION
President Trump recently signed an executive order on immigration, banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least the next 90 days. The Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) and Associated Students of University of Arizona (ASUA) believe that such executive order is not only detrimental to higher education but also likely unconstitutional.
Vahideh Rasekhi, a PhD student in linguistics currently working on her dissertation and serving as
the President of the Graduate Student Body at Stony Brook University was recently affected by this
ban. Vahideh was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on her way back
to the US to complete her studies. Such actions are intolerable.
This executive order could:
- Prevent faculty members and students from re-entering the US for their work and studies.
- Negatively affect research activities at the University as some affected students now feel petrified, demoralized, and trapped.
- Keep admitted students from enrolling in the university, potentially affecting enrollment.
- Play a detrimental role on campus climate as it suggests that a particular religion should be feared and excluded. This is at odds with our goal and practice of Inclusive Excellence.
- This order is simply antithetical to the ethics and the purpose of the University.
GPSC and ASUA constitutional obligations require us to actively address any structural inequalities within the University system. We therefore call for the UA community to stand in support with affected individuals both on campus and nationally. While a temporary restraining order has been granted by a federal judge against parts of the executive order, we will continue speaking out against the Immigration Ban EO and urge others to do the same until it is permanently reversed.
GPSC and ASUA say no to this executive order and stand against policies and executive orders that negatively impact higher education, our university, and our students. We share the concerns ofour friends and colleagues and stand in support of our current and future fellow students.