Dozens of University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty and students are affected by President Trump’s immigration ban executive order signed last week, the university said.
In a statement Monday, Chancellor Rebecca Blank said the university is monitoring the situation closely and communicating directly with international students, faculty and staff who are potentially affected by the order.
Blank said the university’s diversity has historically been a source of “strength and innovation,” and said UW-Madison is calling for a reconsideration of Trump’s order barring the entry or return of people from certain countries.
“These actions affect real people – researchers, scholars, students, and staff – who are essential to our goals of providing a world-class education,” Blank said in the statement. “We call on our leaders to search for a balanced approach that does not weaken our higher education system, the competitiveness of our economy and core principles of our democracy.”
Blank also said that per university policy, UW-Madison won’t provide information on immigration status of its students, faculty or staff unless forced to do so by law. She also said the UW-Madison Police Department won’t participate in immigration enforcement actions.
In an email to the UW-Madison students from countries named in Trump’s order, Assistant Dean of Students Joshua Moon Johnson called it “a challenging and confusing time” and recommended that students from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen not travel out of the United States.
“You are an important part of our community and we want to make sure you feel welcomed during this uncertain moment,” Moon wrote in the email to international students.