ISS Supports Students: Immigration Ban

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order on Immigration (EO) containing provisions that directly affected our DePaul international community.  On March 6, a revised executive order was issued.
 
Over the past month, the International Student and Scholar Services (ISS) has developed and implemented a communication plan to current students designed to alleviate some of the anxiety and uncertainty that has resulted from the order.  Although the original EO specified seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen), and the revised order removed Iraq from the list, students and scholars from other parts of the world have also been affected by recent developments.
 In an effort to address questions and concerns from our community, personalized communication  was immediately sent to students and scholars from the seven countries after the Jan 27 order.  Recognizing that everyone in the DePaul international community would also have questions about the ways in which the EO would affect them, an additional communication was directed to all international students and scholars.  Further communication was sent to all international students after the revised order.  ISS staff members have been available to meet with students and scholars every day, either through appointments or during walk-in hours.​

 Due to the fluidity of various developments, including recent court decisions, and further legal challenges to the revised order, ISS is closely monitoring changes and utilizing resources available through NAFSA:  Association of International Educators.  To encourage students to rely on trustworthy sources and to simplify the content of the Executive Orders, ISS has also created a FAQ document available to the DePaul community.

 The ISS also coordinated with Student Legal Services (SLS), University Counselling Services (UCS) and the Dean of Students office (DOS) as well as other campus partners to ensure that we were all working together to prioritize our students who were struggling during this time.  In true DePaul fashion, faculty, staff and students continue to reach out to ISS and international students to not only express a message of solidarity, but  also to provide concrete help with generous  offers to open their own home to host students in need and to create job opportunities on campus for affected students. In uncertain times it is reassuring to once again witness the strong commitment to welcoming people from all countries and all religions to the DePaul community.​​​