Key Messaging on Post-Election Immigration Policy
It is impossible to predict with certainty what will happen next. We encourage concerned community members to focus on their purpose for being at U-M. Listed below is our community-wide key messaging:
- International students and scholars are welcome here.
- The U-M will protect the interests of our international community of scholars to the fullest extent possible.
- The university’s actions related to immigration status are consistent with our long-standing positions on non-discrimination, privacy, and public safety.
- We know that our students and scholars are in distress over this immigration ban (Executive Order: Protecting The Nation from Terrorist Attacks from Foreign Nations dated January 27, 2017), and that their work may be impacted in various ways. We encourage accommodations in the face of these impediments, while also maintaining the academic integrity of our courses and programs.
- International students or scholars who are citizens of any of the seven impacted nations (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen) should consult with the International Center with any questions about their visa status.
- While the executive order is currently suspended while being reviewed in the courts, this could change quickly, so we still advise students and scholars from the seven impacted countries who are not green card holders or who are dual citizens of an unrestricted country against leaving the U.S.
- Legal Permanent Residents (green card holders) are not restricted from entering the U.S.
- Dual citizens from the seven impacted countries and another unrestricted country should travel on passports from an unrestricted country (a country that is not on the list). This assumes that the U.S. visa stamp is in the unrestricted country’s passport and that other required documents are valid.
Note on Student Advocacy
Core values of the university include public service and civic engagement. The UM students have a long tradition of student activism. Anxiety on the part of international, undocumented, and DACA students about real or perceived repercussions for engaging in protest activities is understandable. All students— including international, undocumented, and DACA students—may engage in speech, protest, and advocacy about issues important to them, as long as they do so lawfully and in accord with university policies. Yet, these are also times of some uncertainty and some aspects of enforcement are outside the university’s control. Students therefore are encouraged to use good judgment. Division of Student Life professionals on each campus are experienced in helping students plan effective on-campus advocacy events such as rallies, marches, teachins, etc.