This statement was sent to the Illinois State University campus community by President Larry Dietz when the initial executive order on immigration was released in March 2017:
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
On September 24, 2017, the White House issued a Proclamation revising its prior travel ban to issue country-specific bans. At this time, these bans have no published end date. Read the White House Proclamation. You can also read the FAQ issued by the Department of Homeland Security.
Challenges have been filed regarding the September 24th Proclamation on travel in federal courts across the country. Two lower courts initially limited enforcement of the Proclamation while the challenges proceeded in the courts. However, on Monday December, 4, the Supreme Court ruled that the Proclamation ban would be enforced while the legal challenges proceeded. The September 24 Proclamation bars various people from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela from entry to the United States. Full details are outlined below.
On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 a US District Court judge denied the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) motion to dismiss lawsuits challenging the decision to end DACA. The judge also issued a nationwide injunction ordering the government to maintain the DACA program with limited exceptions. Under those exceptions, DHS need not process new applications from those who never received deferred action; travel document (advance parole travel) requests need not be processed for the time being; and DHS “may take administrative steps to make sure fair discretion is exercised on an individualized basis for each renewal application.”
This ruling is by its nature temporary and will be appealed.
Legal challenges to the Proclamation will continue through the federal circuits. ISU will keep this website updated as information regarding the impact of those challenges on the Proclamation become available. Currently, the ban outlined below is fully in effect.
|North Korea||Entry as immigrants and nonimmigrants suspended.||October 18, 2017|
|Syria||Entry as immigrants and nonimmigrants suspended.||September 24, 2017|
|Chad||Entry as immigrants and nonimmigrants on business (B1), tourist (B2), and business/tourist (B1/B2) suspended.||October 18, 2017|
|Yemen and Libya||Entry as immigrants and nonimmigrants on business (B1), tourist (B2), and business/tourist (B1/B2) suspended.||September 24, 2017|
|Somalia||Entry as immigrants suspended, and nonimmigrants traveling to the United States to face enhanced screening and vetting requirements.||September 24, 2017|
|Iran||Entry as immigrants and nonimmigrants suspended, except under valid F, J, and M student and exchange visitor visas – with enhanced screening and vetting requirements.||September 24, 2017|
|Venezuela||Entry of certain Venezuelan government officials and their immediate family members as nonimmigrants on some business and tourist visas suspended.||October 18, 2017|
As of October 9, the US and Turkey have imposed travel restrictions on each other's citizens. The US will issue no visas at its diplomatic facilities in Turkey. Similarly, Turkey has suspended visa processing at its US embassy and consulate as well as online.
On Wednesday, June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that President Trump’s travel ban was within Presidential authority. The travel ban restricts travel by nationals of North Korea, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Iran and Venezuela. (Chad was dropped from the above list in April 2018.) While F and B visas, except where specifically excluded as above, may still be granted, the expectation is that applicants from these countries will be subject to greater scrutiny.
The new country specific bans do not apply to:
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.