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.
An October 17 ruling by a federal district judge in Hawaii has blocked implementation of the Trump administration’s September 24th Proclamation on travel from Syria, Chad, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Iran. The ban remains in effect for North Korea and Venezuela.
The status of the travel ban is evolving with both additional rulings and appeals expected shortly. Affected nationals are advised to take advantage of resources below.
|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.
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.