How Trump’s travel ban impacts students

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The legacy that Obama left behind will be one to remember forever. It’s saddening to some that everything that he’s done for the good of the American citizens for the past 8 years will soon be left without a trace, now that Donald Trump is in the White House.

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It hasn’t even been a month since he was sworn in and already there have been protests after protests, where people gathered all over the world, condemning the policy changes that he’s made. All over social media, people are sharing their regrets for having succumbed to his lies and voting for him. The pledge of having more job opportunities available made him appeal to the working middle class, especially those with blue-collar jobs, working in mines and factories. They were scared of job losses, but little did they know that the fear of keeping their jobs would’ve been the least of their problems. Just days into his presidency, rallies broke out after Trump had signed an executive order approving the construction of the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL oil pipelines and had placed a hiring freeze on non-military federal workers. Of all the new policy changes he’s implemented so far, the worst one yet has to be the ban that he’s imposed on Muslim immigrants, prohibiting them from entering into the U.S. The reason being is that he wants to make America safe and keep the Islamic terrorists out, who are from what he considers as the “terror-prone” countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. This order will have an impact on approximately 134 million people, according to the 2013 World Bank census data.

In response to this ban, a huge rally had taken place outside of JFK Airport on January 28, 2017, where people were heard chanting “Let them in, let them in,” when it became apparent that Trump’s new ruling had put been in effect. There were reports of people being deported and others were detained and forced to spend the night in the U.S Customs and Border Protection custody.

According to USA Today, DHS revealed that “its agents had stopped 109 foreigners at U.S. airports based on Trump’s order and prevented another 173 people from boarding U.S.-bound flights.” This number will surely grow as the days go by.

For college students of Muslim descent, who are studying in the U.S. on green cards and visas, this scares them, knowing that if they travel to see their families in their native countries, they might not be able to come back. So everything that they’ve worked for, in trying to escape their hardships and get a better life for them, undergoing years of schooling, can all be thrown away in a matter of seconds.

One Iranian student named Nasiri stated, “Mentally, it’s really tough. … You realize your family can’t come. You have no options. You’re stuck, and if you have to leave the country, all that you’ve gone through for all of these years is for nothing.”

One of his fellow classmates mentioned that he “had really high hopes about the country, and now that has changed.”

Nasiri expressed how much he loves this country, but he unfortunately does not see a reason for him to keep living in this country. He wants to move to Australia.

BuzzFeed reported that American colleges have been warning their students not to leave the country. “The dean of faculty at Princeton University ‘strongly advised’ international students covered under the ban to delay their travel out of the United States, and to seek out lawyers, if they had to leave the country.”

SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher released a statement on their website on January 29, 2017, stating: “As always, our commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion are unwavering. Our founding principles and support for undocumented students, restated by the SUNY Board of Trustees at its meeting last week, continue to guide our actions as we review and react to new federal mandates with regard to immigration.”

Out of the 22,140 international students enrolled in the SUNY schools, 320 of them are from the seven countries affected by the current ban on travel. They informed us that as of right now, “SUNY is reviewing President Trump’s Executive Order and is surveying its campuses to determine the impact it may have on our students, faculty, and staff both abroad and at home on our 64 college and university campuses.

“SUNY leadership and university police will do all we can, within the law, to support any students, faculty, and staff affected by the Executive Order. In the meantime, we recommend suspending travel plans to the countries included, and urge individuals affected to keep in contact with their campus Office of International Student and Scholar Services,” McCall and Zimpher said.

For those seeking more information on this matter, or any helpful resources, can refer to their website (www.suny.edu/immigration).

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