The American Council on Education (ACE), the nation’s coordinating body for colleges and universities, recently sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly expressing concerns about President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order regarding immigration.
The letter was sent by ACE on behalf of more than 600 college and university presidents, including Guilford College President Jane K. Fernandes.
Their concerns center on how the order could negatively affect international students, faculty and staff. The letter reads, in part:
“We take seriously the need to safeguard our nation and also the need for the United States to remain the destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest students, faculty, and scholars. International exchange is a core value and strength of American higher education. Moreover, our nation’s welcoming stance to scholars and scientists has benefited the U.S. through goodwill and a long history of scientific and technological advances that have been essential to the economic growth our country has experienced for decades. When they return home they are ambassadors for American values, democracy and the free market.
Our nation can only maintain its global scientific and economic leadership position if it encourages those talented people to come here to study and work. America is the greatest magnet for talented people from around the world and it must remain so.”
The immigration order is now on hold after a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision. In response, the Trump administration has said it will roll out a “tighter, more streamlined version,” according to the Homeland Security Secretary. It is expected as soon as this week.