On Sunday Tufts University President Anthony Monaco released the following statement affirming the university’s commitment to “support and protect” international members of the Tufts community. Monaco’s statement is in response to an executive order issued by President Donald Trump that bans Muslims and immigrants from some Muslim countries.
“Dear Members of the Tufts Community:
On Friday, President Trump signed an Executive Order restricting immigration into the United States by citizens of the following seven countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The restrictions will be in place for at least the next 90 days.
We are deeply concerned about the impact of this Executive Order. We take great pride in the global nature of our community and have always embraced and valued our international members from around the world. They are our colleagues and friends. Our community and the world are better places because of what we learn and create together. Let me assure you that will not change. We remain committed to protecting the international members of our Tufts community, regardless of national origin, religion or citizenship status. Treating all members of our community with respect is a fundamental principle of our university. Now more than ever we must adhere to that core value.
Information about this new order is very fluid but, for now, we are recommending that any members of our international community from these seven countries avoid any travel outside the United States out of concern that they may not be able to return. We are also gathering information about international members of our community who may be out of the country and facing difficulty re-entering the United States. We will also provide legal assistance to any member of our community to advise them of their legal rights.
As we have stated previously in support of our undocumented and DACA students, we will not provide information or assist in the enforcement of immigration laws except as mandated by a subpoena, warrant, or court order. We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement investigations into serious criminal activity or threats to public safety or security.
If you have questions about how this order may affect you or any members of our community or academic programs please contact Diana Chigas, Associate Provost and Senior International Officer, who is working with the University Counsel to respond to questions. We will continue to monitor developments closely.
These are unsettling times and emotions are understandably running very high. I ask everyone in our community to reach out to those students and colleagues who may be impacted by the order to offer your support. Let us show the strength of our caring community, where people from all walks of life and many corners of the world are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”