The University of Nebraska’s Lincoln and Omaha campuses sent out advisories Saturday for international students affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting travel from seven countries.
Travel outside the U.S. is not recommended for students from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, the universities said.
“As you have learned from the news, President Trump has issued an executive order that will undoubtedly impact some of our international students and scholars,” the UNO advisory said. “UNO International Programs and Student Affairs want you to know that we are very concerned about this development.”
Trump’s executive order bans travel to the U.S. for at least 90 days by nationals from the countries listed and includes a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.
Two federal courts ruled late Saturday against parts of the executive order. A federal court in Brooklyn granted a nationwide stay preventing the government from deporting people who arrived with valid U.S. visas. A second judge, in Virginia, issued a temporary restraining order preventing the deportation of permanent U.S. residents who arrived at Dulles International Airport outside Washington.
“If you are from one of the countries listed here, you can remain in the U.S. as long as you maintain your status,” the UNO advisory said. “However, travel outside the U.S. is not recommended at this time.”
The UNL advisory said the school is grateful to count more than 3,000 students and scholars from around the world and about 100 from the seven nations identified in the executive order among its international community.
“We write to express our unwavering commitment to all who may be affected by the measures stated in the executive order,” the UNL advisory said. “We strongly encourage you to not travel internationally in the immediate future, until we have additional information. If you are from any other country that is predominantly Muslim, you may want to follow the same precautions until more details are obtained.”
UNL students were reminded that the International Student and Scholar Office is available to meet with them if they have questions or concerns. The office is on the second floor of Seaton Hall and can be reached by phone at 402-472-0324 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNO said students wishing to discuss their feelings can make appointments with the school’s counseling and psychological services office inside the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building. Counseling is available to individuals or groups, and all information will be kept confidential.
This article includes material from the Associated Press.