A message of support and solidarity from the Office of International Education

 

On Friday, January 27, President Trump signed an executive order that indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., temporarily stopped all refugee admissions for 120 days, and temporarily stopped citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from entering the U.S for 90 days. A federal judge has since blocked the ruling and a federal appeals court is deciding its future.

 

Marquette leaders issued a statement reinforcing the university’s commitment to serving all students and its history as an immigrant-serving institution. The statement, signed by President Michael R. Lovell, Provost Daniel J. Myers, Vice President for Mission and Ministry Rev. Tom Krettek, S.J. and Marquette Student Government President Adam Kouhel, reads “Our doors will always be open to everyone, and we will do everything in our power for that to remain the case.”

 

As the central hub for international students and internationalization at Marquette, the Office of International Education supports all international students and stands in solidarity with those impacted. OIE believes the measures outlined in the executive order do not represent our values as articulated in a statement by the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S.

 

Last week, the Office of International Education and the Graduate School met with students from the affected countries to offer support and listen to concerns. When staff asked students how they could best support them, one student responded, “Please tell them we’re not what they say we are.”

 

Marquette’s message of support is shared by numerous other Jesuit colleges and universities, and interfaith organizations. For more information, including statements of support, see the information below:

 

In addition to OIE, several campus resources are available to students: