Statement on Presidential Executive Order on Immigration

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Lewis University Statement on U.S. Presidential Executive Order on Immigration

Published: January 30, 2017.

A United States Presidential Executive Order was issued on Friday, January 27 that impacts travel to and from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa. The Executive Order also affects the ability to accept refugees into the United States.

Though a temporary stay has been ordered by a federal judge, it is unclear what the future holds for students who wish to travel to the seven countries in the ban. NAFSA: The Association of International Educators has issued a Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Order.

With more than 150 international students, Lewis University has a number of students affected by this Executive Order if they travel home to visit these countries while they are completing their studies here.

We recommend all students, faculty and staff who are considering travel to these countries avoid making travel plans outside of the U.S. at this time. If one travels to visit family, there is no longer a guarantee of re-entry into the United States.

As a Catholic institution in the Lasallian tradition, we are deeply concerned with this order and its impact on our students and others affected by this order. We support similar concerns raised by both the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

We encourage any students who may be impacted by this ban to contact Michael Fekete, Director of International Student Services at or (815)836-5549. His office is located on the first floor of the Student Union Building. Chris Swanson, Director of Study Abroad at or (815)836-5993, is also available to discuss concerns. His office is located on the third floor of the Brother Paul French, FSC, Learning Resource Center (LRC).

We will continue to monitor this situation and inform those students impacted about any changes that occur in the coming weeks. Interested individuals can also refer to a website for the U. S. Department of Homeland Security for information on immigration and border control issues.

Dr. David Livingston
President of Lewis University

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Richard Foss said:
I am very proud to be a part of the Lewis community after reading this statement on the president's order. I voice my support for all of our international students. They are valued members of our community and important and treasured voices in our classrooms.

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