Higher Ed Weighs in on Immigration Order
AACC, along with many community colleges, have signed onto two letters sent by the American Council on Education to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly expressing concerns with President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The first letter, signed by 50 higher education associations, also asks the Secretary for a meeting to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s plans for implementing the order, officially titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The letter signed by 600 institutions is a focused statement of general concerns with the order. Both letters describe the actual and potential negative impact the order would have on international students and scholars, as well as the broader damage such an order might inflict on the benefits that flow to the nation from international exchange. A federal district court in Washington has temporarily halted enforcement of the executive order, with further court proceedings to come in the very near future.