Arlington, VA (March 7, 2017) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) firmly opposes President Donald Trump’s latest immigration order, which imposes a 90-day ban on the issuance of new visas, including student visas, for citizens of six majority-Muslim nations.
The order directly contradicts NACAC’s long-held belief that international students bring cultural, academic, and economic value to US education institutions. The president’s ban will make it harder for students from the affected countries—Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria, and Libya—to access education in the United States. Iraq was not included in the new executive order, which replaces the executive order issued earlier this year.
Admitted students from the affected countries who are poised to launch their college careers in fall 2017 may have difficulty securing visas. In addition, the chilling effect of this order, as with the original order, makes it significantly more difficult for US colleges and universities to recruit students from outside the US overall.
While NACAC strongly supports efforts to ensure that students, and those in the surrounding community, have a safe learning environment, the association believes that the US government, working with its partners around the world, is already able to appropriately screen individuals seeking to study at a US university.
“After the collective outcry resulting from the first executive order, we are disappointed that President Trump’s administration has continued to pursue this action,” said NACAC President Nancy Beane. “For educational institutions in the United States, the negative effects of the ban will extend far beyond 90 days and well beyond the six countries involved.”
The travel ban is similar to another executive order signed by President Trump in January. That action—which sought to ban individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US or obtaining visas—was blocked by the courts.
NACAC opposed that order, and will work in the days and months ahead to encourage retraction of the administration’s latest travel ban. The order threatens to stifle educational, cultural, and related exchanges and, NACAC believes, will have immediate and long-term financial consequences for the many US high schools and colleges that serve international students.
The association has a history of opposition to policies or actions that discriminate based on national origin or religion, or could otherwise infringe on fundamental human rights.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).
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