Michigan State University is joining several universities around the country and opposing President Trump’s executive order on immigration. The university says it will not disclose the immigration status of its students.
“President Trump’s executive order on immigration is deeply concerning as it runs counter to the global nature of our communities and our nation. At MSU, our core values are quality, inclusiveness, and connectivity, and this action is an impediment to each. I am keenly aware of the need to address genuine risks to our nation but this order, and the manner it was implemented, is not the best approach. I join my AAU colleagues and other higher education leaders in expressing our concerns regarding the collateral damage caused by this action and calling for a quick end to the order. We must protect our borders, but we also must ensure we do not stem the flow of people of goodwill who come and work to make this nation better. Our students and scholars come from around the world to become Spartans, and then return to the world to make it better. We must not allow fear to change the nature of who we are.We have an executive team led by Steve Hanson, Associate Provost and Dean for International Studies and Programs, that is constantly monitoring the situation and communicating with affected faculty, staff and students,” said MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon.
Due to university policies and existing federal law, not releasing this information is considered standard policy. A group of individuals from across the MSU campus will meet later this week to continue the discussion of how this policy might have an effect on the students of the university, and what other universities around the state are doing about the executive order.
For now, MSU’s stance is firmly against the ban and seems to mirror the opinions of the students. For more on other schools and their stances on the ban, read below.