Higher education leaders express concern about visa limits

The University of Oregon joined higher education associations, scientific societies, and individual colleges and universities in expressing strong concerns about President Donald Trump's January 27 executive order that halted for 90 days the entry into the U.S. of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Statements included, in date order:

  • Association of American Universities (AAU) statement: AAU President Mary Sue Coleman on Jan. 28 issued a statement urging the President to end the order as quickly as possible and to make clear that the U.S. continues to welcome individuals from all countries to study, teach, and conduct research and scholarship at U.S. universities. Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) President Peter McGrath also issued a statement.
  • AAU and APLU universities statements: AAU posted on its website statements from its member universities.  APLU also shared member statements.
  • Higher education associations' letter: On Jan. 31, 51 higher education associations, including the University of Oregon, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly on maintaining the United States as a destination of choice for international students and scholars. The American Council on Education (ACE) led the activity.
  • AAAS-led multi-society letter: On Jan. 31, a group of 171 scientific societies, higher education associations, and universities sent a letter to President Trump urging the Administration to rescind the executive order. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) led the effort.
  • University presidents' letter: On Feb. 2, 48 college and university leaders, including UO President Michael H. Schill, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to rescind the executive order.
  • ACE community letter listing institutions: Under the leadership of ACE, a group of 598 college and university presidents and several higher education associations, including the University of Oregon, sent a letter to DHS Secretary Kelly expressing concern about the President's executive order.