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Information and resources regarding executive orders on immigration.

On Jan. 27, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order suspending immigrant and non-immigrant admissions to the U.S. for at least 90 days for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The order also suspended the U.S. refugee admissions program for 120 days and the Syrian refugee program indefinitely.

On Feb. 3, a federal district judge in Seattle issued a ruling that temporarily blocks President Trump’s order from being enforced nationwide. And on Feb. 9, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request by the Justice Department to lift the block while the litigation continues in the district court. The Trump administration announced on Feb. 16 that it would not appeal the court’s decision, but instead planned to issue a new executive order.

In a message to the university community, Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun wrote: “For the past decade, we have joined together to make Northeastern a truly global university. In doing so, we have set forth a series of core values such as the value of inclusivity and a bedrock belief that diversity makes our community stronger. I find the president’s executive order restricting international travel to be antithetical to our core values and completely unacceptable. I say this as an educator and as an American who came to this country as an international student.”

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