This past week, as most of you are well aware, President Trump signed an executive order that suspends entry into the United States for various categories of travelers. The order includes refugees, immigrants, non-immigrant visa holders, and possibly lawful U.S. permanent residents from seven majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The executive order directly challenges the core values and mission of universities to encourage the free exchange of scholars, knowledge and ideas. It may affect the ability to travel for thousands of students and scholars now in the US diligently pursuing their scholarly careers as well as countless others who wish to take advantage of our open universities to pursue knowledge and truth. Although the breadth of the Order is not yet clear, it also could adversely affect the ability to travel for many faculty, students, and staff in our own community.
Already, universities across the US as well as scholarly societies such as the APLU and the AAU have issued powerful statements decrying this action. UCLA joins this rising chorus in expressing opposition to the executive order. As your Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor, we want to reassure the campus community as a whole and especially those directly affected by this order that the University of California and our campus’s leadership stand by our core values.
We are actively engaged with the UC Office of the President to understand the full implications of the order and to find ways of protecting members of our community. The integrity of our mission as a research university and the well-being of our campus’ community are paramount.
The UC Office of the President has advised “UC community members from these seven countries who hold a visa to enter the United States or who are lawful permanent residents do not travel outside of the United States.” In the meantime, if you are a student, scholar or faculty who have visa issues or questions that deserve our attention, please contact the UCLA Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars at (310) 825-1681.
Please also see below a message that was sent today from UC President Janet Napolitano and signed by leadership from throughout the University of California.
Gene D. Block
Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of the University of California Jan. 29 issued the following statement:
We are deeply concerned by the recent executive order that restricts the ability of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the UC community from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States.
While maintaining the security of the nation’s visa system is critical, this executive order is contrary to the values we hold dear as leaders of the University of California. The UC community, like universities across the country, has long been deeply enriched by students, faculty, and scholars from around the world, including the affected countries, coming to study, teach, and research. It is critical that the United States continues to welcome the best students, scholars, scientists, and engineers of all backgrounds and nationalities.
We are committed to supporting all members of the UC community who are impacted by this executive action.
President Janet Napolitano
University of California
Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks
University of California, Berkeley
Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter
University of California, Davis
Chancellor Howard Gillman
University of California, Irvine
Chancellor Gene Block
University of California, Los Angeles
Chancellor Dorothy Leland
University of California, Merced
Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox
University of California, Riverside
Chancellor Pradeep Khosla
University of California, San Diego
Chancellor Sam Hawgood
University of California, San Francisco
Chancellor Henry T. Yang
University of California, Santa Barbara
Chancellor George R. Blumenthal
University of California, Santa Cruz