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 blocked 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.
Nearly one month later, on March 6, President Trump issued a new executive order, which continues to impose a 90-day ban on travelers, but removes Iraq from the list of targeted countries. The order also exempts permanent residents and current visa holders, and it reverses an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria, replacing it with a 120-day suspension. On March 15 and 16, federal district judges in Hawaii and Maryland temporarily blocked parts of the order.
In a message to the university community in February, 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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