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
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.
The Supreme Court issued a ruling on the travel ban injunction on Monday, June 26, allowing a limited version of the travel ban to go into effect. According to media reports, the revised Executive Order issued March 6, 2017, is scheduled to go into effect June 29, 2017, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time). Unless the individual qualifies for an exemption to the Executive Order, foreign nationals from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan will not be admitted to the United States for 90 days. Unless the individual qualifies for an exemption, refugees from any country will not be admitted to the United States for a period of 120 days.
According to the Supreme Court ruling, the ban will not apply to individuals from the six nations or all refugees who have a "credible claim of bona fide relationship" with an entity or a person living in the U.S. Students admitted to a University and academic lecturers invited to speak in the U.S. are examples of individuals who have a credible claim of bona fide relationship with a U.S. entity. To qualify as an individual with a close relationship with an individual in the United States, an applicant must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling in the U.S. In addition, current valid visas that have already been approved will not be revoked. Refugees booked for travel through July 6, 2017, will also be permitted to travel.
Other individuals excluded from the ban include:
Individuals may appeal the ban based on individual circumstances.
If you are an Illinois State student, employee, or consultant from a nation that is covered by the travel ban, we advise you to bring documentation of your relationship to the University (e.g. acceptance letter, contract, offer letter, I20, etc.) along with your travel documents to your point of entry to the United States.
Today, the White House noted that there will be changes in the visa application process. Officials encouraged visa applicants not to cancel previously scheduled appointments. However, additional screening under the new guidance will apply to those who do not currently have a valid visa.
We will update this website as more information becomes available.
No previous updates at this time
In a ruling issued on Monday, June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the cases involving the government's travel ban in its October term. The travel ban in its revised formulation prevented foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen (with certain exceptions) from being admitted to the United States for a period of 90 days. Prior to consideration of the case in the fall, the Supreme Court will allow a limited version of the travel ban to take effect.
The court ruled that the ban would apply to individuals who "lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." The Court provided specific examples of individuals who would have such a bona fide relationship, including students who have been admitted to universities located in the United States.
The President of the United States will likely reinstate the travel ban in a manner consistent with the Supreme Court's ruling in the next few days. Based on that ruling, we do not anticipate that the University's admitted students will be impacted by the revised order. However, more information is required to determine impact on the University's activities as a whole. We will provide more information regarding the specific scope of the ban and its impact on the University as soon as we receive more information.
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.
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:
This list is provided as a reference only.