- There will be a 90-day ban on entry to the U.S. for nationals of six states: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen. The order does not ban Iraqi nationals, they will be subject to heightened scrutiny in the issuance of visas and grants of admission to the U.S.
- There are exceptions to the ban for nationals of the six states who are lawful permanent residents of the U.S., dual nationals traveling on a passport from a non-designated country, and others authorized to be admitted through means such as asylum, refugee status, or diplomacy.
- Immigration officials are also empowered to issue waivers to the ban in their discretion on a case-by-case basis. Generally, waivers are permitted when the person has a long-term tie to the U.S. through work, study, or family and is seeking re-entry. A waiver may also be appropriate when a person is in need of urgent medical care or is carrying out activities supported by a foreign nation or international organization.
- During the travel ban, the federal government will be reviewing the screening and vetting standards for all immigration programs to develop a uniform standard. We can expect more rigorous screening of visa applicants which will likely include interviews for future visa applicants from nations perceived as a threat.
- There will also be a 120-day suspension of entry for all refugees.
We continue to closely follow the executive order signed by the U.S. President, and will continue to provide updates and resources. As of February 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth District upheld an earlier judge’s decision to temporarily block enforcement of the executive order on immigration. At this time, further legal action for this order will continue, and this is not the final decision on the executive order. While this news was a step in a hopeful new direction, we continue to anticipate new developments, and have developed a centralized location for our resources related to the issue and will update as new information becomes available. These resources include FAQs and focuses primarily on the executive orders on immigration. We also provide resources for other issues, such as those related to refugee status and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, immigration and mental health resources, and resources for supporting students within the classroom.
At this time, each day continues to unfold and bring about changes, and the future is yet unknown. The outpouring of concern, support and patience shown by our community is inspiring. Please feel free to share our resources page and if you have additional suggestions for resources, please share them with Global Engagement. Jenn Fullick, our Director of Global Enrollment and Kathie Henn in our Office of the General Counsel serve our central support team to support members of the TCS Community as we navigate changes to our country’s immigration policies. Please look forward to updates from Jenn and Kathie as appropriate.
Resources & FAQ
How many students, faculty, and staff are from the affected countries?
The TCS Education System community includes some international students and scholars from the affected countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen), with less than a handful who are directly impacted. However, many faculty, staff, and students have connections to these countries, or are from other areas and have felt an impact from the uncertainty and confusion created.
What resources are available for students, faculty, and staff who are affected by the Executive Order?
- Global Engagement will host a virtual webinar information session to review the updates related to the order and resources on March 30, 2017 at 1:15 p.m., PST/3:15 p.m., CST/4:15 p.m., EST. Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5339089207379993091. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
- International students sponsored in F-1 or J-1 status should contact their Designated School Official for advice related to their non-immigrant status. If you need assistance in identifying your Designated School Official (DSO), please contact Global Engagement or find your contact information below:
- Employees in non-immigrant status should contact Human Resources for assistance or questions involving their status. The Office of General Counsel will work with Human Resources, but Human Resources should be the point of contact for employees.
- Individuals seeking immigration advice or legal information related to entering or living in the U.S. should seek legal counsel.
- Students can reach out to campus mental health resources for support:
- For faculty with questions on how to address related issues in the classroom, please share these resources and invite students to attend our Global Engagement information sessions. Please also send announcements and suggestions for resources to Global Engagement.
- External resources include:
- Stress Related to Immigration Status in Students: A Brief Guide for Schools
What resources are available for, and to support, refugees or immigrations not from the affected countries or who are undocumented or have concerns?
In addition to the resources already mentioned, here:
- We Have Your Back: How Educators Can Support Undocumented Students
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- USCIS DACA Resources
- Association of International Educators: DACA Resources
What are my rights?
The American Civil Liberties Union provides guidance in multiple languages to outline rights of individuals in the U.S. in the following situations:
- ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) agent visits
- Demonstrating or Protesting
- If you are stopped by the police
- If you are questioned about your immigration status
- Rights at airports
Who should I contact if I have a resource or hear of someone on campus who needs help related to issues from this executive order?
Your first step is to share this resource site. Global Engagement is serving as the central hub for tracking these issues and supporting campus leadership on related actions and policy. If you are not sure whom to contact, please reach out to Emily Karem, Vice President of Global Engagement or 312-379-1610. Please share this information broadly. Here is a quick link to this page: https://www.tcsedsystem.edu/about-tcs-education-system/global-impact/
Will the Executive Order affect my ability to study abroad?
- The Executive Order does not prohibit travel outside the U.S., but we recommend caution to those without U.S. citizenship. It’s possible that EO can change at any time, require extra screening, or denial of entry could occur.
- Countries listed in Executive Order: Due to the pending legal challenges and uncertainty concerning this order, we continue to recommend caution for those travelling outside the U.S. for those individuals from countries specifically listed in the Executive Order.
- DACA status: Additionally, students with DACA status should be aware that it is possible that an executive order could be issued while they are abroad and could make it impossible to re-enter.
- Questions? Ask before traveling: If you have questions about your ability to travel on a school-sponsored study abroad program, please contact our Global Engagement department.
How Can I Get Involved?
- TCSPP: Center for Latino Mental Health: How Communities are Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Rights, March 9, 2017, Register Here
- TCSPP Chicago students: The Young Center looks for people 21+ to volunteer as Child Advocates and holds two-day trainings twice a year, in the spring and the fall. The next one in Chicago is April 22-23, 2017 at TCSPP Chicago Campus. For more info and volunteer application, visit: http://theyoungcenter.org/act/volunteer/. Thank you to TCSPP Community Partnerships for this resource.
- For COL students: Legal Aid Workshops – Know Your Rights and Family Preparedness Plans: Legal Aid is offering legal resources to families that may be affected by the new DHS memorandum regarding deportation priorities and hosting two workshops this month to help answer questions (Know Your Rights) and prepare paperwork (Family Preparedness Plans).
- Wednesday, March 15, 5-8 p.m. at La Casa De La Raza, 601 E. Montecito Street, Santa Barbara, CA
- Saturday, March 18, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 227 N. Nopal Street, Santa Barbara, CA