President Trump’s Travel Ban and How it Affects TSU
By Shayla Simmons
There are so many current events plaguing news stations that sometimes it may seem hard to keep track. However one to be aware of, of all of the latest executive orders passed by President Trump, is the nationwide travel ban.
Implemented on Jan. 27, 2017, a mere eight days after officially entering office, the travel ban wreaked havoc in airports across the country. The order prohibited any immigrants, green-card holders or not, from entering into the country.
In detail, the order temporarily suspended all travel to the U.S. for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries (Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Iraq, Iran and Libya) for 90 days and refugees for 120 days. Syrian refugees were targeted, being annexed indefinitely.
This prompted the response of attorneys nationwide to allow entrance to those affected by the unconstitutional ban, ultimately leading to the unanimous blockade by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. They refused to reinstate the ban, rejecting the Trump administration’s claim of presidential authority, questioning its motives and ability to survive legal challenges.
A new version of the order is expected to face the public once again; this time clarifying green-card holders will not be affected.
Regarding the travel ban, President Glover issued a statement via email to students. In the email, Glover urged students that could possibly be affected to reconsider travel at this time and to seek consultation with an immigration attorney if travel is necessary.
“Tennessee State University has a proud reputation of being a welcoming and inclusive institution. We are proud of our diverse campus community with more than 700 students representing communities from around the globe,” read a portion of Glover’s statement.
With 8.3% of students registered to the university as “non-resident alien” according to Forbes, the ban could potentially affect a moderate percentage of the student body, and certainly the rest of the country.