Princeton University has advised students and scholars who might be affected by the executive order by President Trump closing the nation’s border to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries to hold off from traveling outside the United States.
Asked if any scholars or students from the school have been detained at airports, Princeton University Spokesman John Cramer said the school would not comment on the situations of individual students or scholars. Princeton University is on winter break and many members of the community are traveling. School begins again on Feb. 6.
It is unclear how many members of the Princeton University community and other area colleges and universities would be affected by the executive order.
Deborah Prentice, dean of the faculty at Princeton, sent an email to faculty late Friday saying school officials received many messages from community members concerned about the impact of changes in immigration policies.
“At this stage, we do not know the content of the executive order or its impact.We do, however, want to be prepared to support and advise our students, scholars, and others who might be affected by any changes, and to express our deep concern about any potential impact on the ability of this and other American universities to engage in teaching and research of the highest quality,” Prentice wrote.
“We have strongly advised students and scholars who might be affected and who have travel plans in the coming days to defer travel outside of the United States until there is some clarity and legal analysis of the situation or, if they must travel, to seek legal counsel before they do,” Prentice wrote. “We have also shared with potentially affected students and scholars the information we are receiving from a law firm that follows these matters closely and has advised members of our community in the past.”
Prentice said school officials will work closely with Princeton colleagues, peer institutions and the immigration law community to support community members.
“We wanted to share this information more broadly with all of you because many of your students or peers may be reaching out to you for information or support, and we are all affected when members of our community feel at risk,” Prentice wrote. “We take very seriously anything that could affect the ability of our students and scholars to engage in their scholarship.”
A Sudanese student from Stanford University was handcuffed and detained at JFK Airport for five hours before being released Saturday morning. Two Iranian scholars from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth were detained at Logan International Airport in Boston Friday evening and later released. An MIT student who was visiting her home in Iran for winter break was blocked from returning to Boston. A spokesman for Northeastern University told the Boston Globe the new rules potentially affect more than 200 people at the school.
The president’s order, enacted at 4:42 p.m. Friday, suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The Department of Homeland Security said that the order also barred green card holders from those countries from re-entering the United States. In a briefing for reporters, White House officials said that green card holders from the seven affected countries who are outside the United States would need a case-by-case waiver to return.
In response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of two Iraqis detained at JFK Airport, a federal judge for the Eastern District of New York issued an emergency stay Saturday that blocked part of the president’s actions, preventing the government from deporting some people who arrived at airports in the U.S. But the stay stopped short of letting them into the country or issuing a broader ruling on the constitutionality of Trump’s actions. A little over a year ago, even Mike Pence said such a ban would be offensive and unconstitutional.
Thousands of people have protested the ban at several airports across the country. A protest is planned at Terminal A of the Philadelphia International Airport from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today.
Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.
— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) December 8, 2015
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has said his country would welcome the refugees banned by U.S.
To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017