The University of Michigan, which is taxpayer-subsidized, issued  on January 28-29 to counsel students who are nationals of the seven countries targeted by President Donald Trump’s executive action that temporarily prohibits the admission of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, while also ceasing to issue visas to them. 
In the January 29 statement, the university advised students who are citizens of the above countries that if they leave the US, they may not be allowed re-entry. Citizens of those countries must “understand that if you leave the United States - even in an emergency -  you will not be able to return during the aforementioned 90-day period, and possibly longer.  We encourage you to speak with an adviser in the IC, prior to making any travel plans.”
Because the citizens of these countries will now be required to have an in-person interview with consular officials in their home countries in order to obtain a visa, UM told students that they should “expect increased visa delays and be aware of the risk that entry rules change while you are travelling.  Please speak with an adviser should you need to renew your visa or if you have specific questions pertaining to your travel.”
In the statement, the university reaffirmed that it is “committed to ensuring the well-being, safety, and success of international students and scholars and employees at U-M.  We will continue to advocate on the behalf of all international students, scholars, and employees for immigration and visa policies that facilitate your success in the United States.  We will also support you by ensuring that you have information and resources to prepare for changes in the visa application process and other immigration policies and procedures.  During this challenging and uncertain time, please take care of yourself and continue to focus on the positive reasons you came to U-M.”
The statement ended with “We are glad that you are here.”
The January 28 statement noted that UM has had foreign-born students and faculty since the 1840s and that attracting the best students and faculty “from around the globe enhances our teaching, learning, research and societal impact and is in part responsible for our standing as a great public research university.” It noted that UM administration is seeking to understand the implications of the presidential “extreme vetting” executive order. 
The University of Michigan is one of the more than 600 colleges and universities who signed a letter in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order. The statement noted that the university supports legislation known as the BRIDGE Act, which “would allow individuals in the U.S. who arrived as children to stay in the country for another three years without the threat of deportation, while Congress addresses changes to the immigration system. y.
The statement noted the university’s actions relating to immigration:
"The university offers in-state tuition to undocumented students who meet certain conditions."
“The University of Michigan welcomes and supports students without regard to their immigration status.”
 “The university complies with federal requirements associated with managing its international programs. Otherwise, the university does not share sensitive information like immigration status." 
"Campus police do not inquire about or record immigration status when performing their duties.”
It also noted that campus police “will not partner with federal, state, or other local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration law except when required to do so by law.” The statement added that the university does not provide immigration status to anyone except when required by law.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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