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Executive Order on Immigration

This statement was sent to the Illinois State University campus community by President Larry Dietz:

In light of the recent Executive Order that limits immigration to the United States, I want to reassure you of Illinois State University's continued commitment to providing a secure and inclusive environment for all students.

Diversity is among Illinois State's core values, and our international community is a critically important part of our Redbird family.

We remain committed to working with international and undocumented students, and we welcome scholars from all over the globe to join and contribute to our diverse campus community. The Office of Admissions at Illinois State University will continue to admit qualified applicants, regardless of their country of origin or citizenship status.

ISU policy protects all students, faculty and staff from discrimination and harassment based on their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, order of protection, gender identity and expression, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, genetic information, unfavorable military discharge or status as a veteran in employment.

We are closely following developments related to the Executive Order and will post updates to this page as they become available.


Larry H. Dietz

What Does the March 6, 2017, Executive Order Say?

Read a summary of the order. You can also read the full text on

Frequently Asked Questions

While the situation remains very fluid, here are answers to frequently asked questions we have received to date. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide you with updates as appropriate.

News and Updates

Illinois State has joined as a signer of the American Council on Education Letter on Executive Order Concerning Foreign Nationals and National Security sent to John F. Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Many challenges have been filed in federal courts based on contravention of the U.S. Constitution or federal statutes. Some district judges have granted preliminary injunctive relief, but these are temporary and may be limited to certain airports. The situation is still very fluid.

Here are some recent updates, as of Thursday, March 30:

  • As of March 29, the temporary order has been extended indefinitely, pending appeal.
  • On Wednesday, March 15, two federal judges issued separate rulings to block the March 6 Executive Order imposing the revised travel ban. The Executive Order had been scheduled to become effective on March 16. A federal judge in Hawaii, Judge Derrick Watson, imposed temporary restraining order blocking the primary provisions of the Executive Order, including the requirement that would have prevented individuals from six nations (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) from entry to the U.S. for a 90-day period. The order also extended to the block on admitting all refugees for 120 days. Judge Theodore Chuang from the district court in Maryland issued a second temporary restraining order on the ban as well.
  • President Trump signed the new Executive Order on March 6, 2017, relating to travel of foreign nationals from certain countries. This Executive Order is titled "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States." This Executive Order replaces the earlier version issued January 27, 2017. The new Executive Order was set to become effective March 16, 2017, at midnight Eastern time. Under the new Executive Order, there is a 90-day temporary suspension for entry of nationals from six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Previous Updates

University Resources

Legal Resources

Students can contact the Students' Attorney, Ed McKibbin, in the Dean of Students Office for assistance. While McKibbin is not an immigration attorney, he can assist students to identify the most appropriate legal representation on a confidential basis.

Here is additional information on pro bono attorneys:

Outside Resources

This list is provided as a reference only.

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