A letter from the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.,​ to the university community about ​the Executive Order on Immigration

January 30, 2017

The Trump administration’s January 27, 2017, executive order on immigration indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, from entering the United States for 90 days.  

Confusion mounted over the weekend as travelers seeking entry were detained at airports across the country.  Administration spokespeople worked quickly to issue clarifications of the order at the same time that global leaders and U.S. courts questioned the action.  We do understand that naturalized United States citizens from the seven named countries are not affected.  In addition, it appears that the order may not apply to green card holders who are citizens of the seven named countries. 

While federal agencies work to find a common understanding of the executive order, we strongly urge students and faculty from the countries affected to defer travel outside the United States.  We also encourage students to consider the university resources that are available.

• International Student & Scholar Services is reaching out directly to the DePaul students directly impacted by the executive order, offering resources and inviting them to come into the office for individual appointments.  The office can assist with travel, visa and immigration advice to all F1 and J1 non-immigrant students. For appointments students can contact Hiwote Tamrat at htamrat@depaul.edu.
Students with concerns about how they will be impacted by the Executive Order may contact the DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic.  For appointments, students can contact Jenny Freundt at jfreundt@depaul.edu
University Counseling Services and University Ministry both stand ready to support students more personally as they balance the stress that such uncertainty brings.
• Students have access to Croak Student Legal Services, located in the Lincoln Park Student Center, which provides free legal services as well as referrals to external resources.

I want the DePaul community to understand that there should be no confusion about where we stand.

Students, faculty and staff members from the affected countries have made DePaul their home away from home – and we fully intend for that to continue.  People from all countries and of all religions are welcome at DePaul.  As such, we will take every action within the law to protect everyone within our community, including Muslim students, faculty and staff in the United States and from other countries, just as we remain unwavering in our support of undocumented students during these uncertain times.  We fully endorse the words of Pope Francis shared yesterday in a statement by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich: “The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us.”

As always, thank you for your care for DePaul and this community. 

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