President’s Statements on Immigration Executive Orders

Statement on March 6 executive order: Some of the more troubling points of an earlier executive order concerning travel to the United States were dropped in the president’s revised order March 6, but I concur with many colleagues across the country in the belief that U.S. citizens can be protected without compromising American universities’ global competitiveness for attracting top talent. These concerns are outlined in messages from the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities.

An executive team led by Steve Hanson, MSU Associate Provost and Dean for International Studies and Programs, continues to monitor the situation and is communicating with affected faculty, staff and students. For updates click to the Office for International Students and Scholars website.

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Statement on January 26 executive order: 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.

Copies of communications from the team can be found here:

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