In the wake of the recent immigration ban by the Trump administration, there is worry among many international and undocumented students of their status in this country on whether they will be able to continue studying in their respective universities.
Trump’s order bans the issuing of visas and other immigration benefits to “nationals of particular concern” for a period of 90 days, thus suspending any Syrian refugees from entering the United States.
While many colleges are looking into ways of getting out of the ban, the University of Michigan has risen above all and firmly stated that it will refuse to disclose the immigration status of their students.
In addition, the countries hurt by the order include Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. While many colleges are looking into ways of getting out of the ban, the University of Michigan has risen above all and firmly stated that it will refuse to disclose the immigration status of their students.
“The university maintains a strong commitment to the privacy of student records for all students, consistent with state and federal laws,” University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel said in the statement. “We do not provide information on immigration status to anyone except when required by law. The university offers in-state tuition to undocumented students who meet certain conditions.”
The University also released their non-discrimination, privacy, and public safety policy to remind all of the importance of standing up to prejudice and intolerance, even if perpetuated by one’s own government. Not only do they completely support and welcome all students regardless of immigration status, they will continue to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students who meet certain conditions.
This is the time for the people to stand up for their rights, to join members in their community and make history. In these pressing times, we hope that other colleges will follow suit and do everything in their power to guarantee their students the safety they are deprived of right now.