Arlington, VA (June 26, 2018) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) issued the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Trump administration’s travel ban, which sought to ban individuals from certain countries from entering the United States:
NACAC is extremely disappointed that the Supreme Court ruled that the president’s travel ban is constitutional. The United States has long been viewed as the premier destination for foreign students to pursue their secondary and/or postsecondary educations. All students—domestic and foreign—benefit from a diverse academic experience. Teachers, administrators, communities, and our economy benefit as well. By upholding the travel ban, the court is saying to the world that all students are no longer welcome at our educational institutions.
Since taking office, President Trump sought to limit access to the United States from certain countries, most notably through travel bans. These bans, conveyed through executive orders, prohibited individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela from entering the United States, except those who were granted F, M, and J visas. NACAC consistently opposed these policies because of the negative consequences they have on the desirability of the United States as an education destination and the many US high schools and colleges that serve international students. Institutions at all levels are already experiencing a decline in inquiries and enrollment, in part because of the travel bans. NACAC strongly supports efforts to ensure that students, and those in the surrounding community, have a safe learning environment. However, NACAC believes that the US government, working with its partners around the world, is already able to appropriately screen individuals seeking to study at US universities, making a travel ban unnecessary.
NACAC is concerned that today's decision will allow for discrimination against individuals based solely on their nationality and/or religion. NACAC has long opposed such policies and will continue to do so. NACAC remains committed to ensuring that students, properly vetted by federal agencies, are welcome on our nation’s campuses, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or what they believe.
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 association's Statement of Principles of Good Practice: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.
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