On Jan. 27, President Trump temporarily banned travel from seven majority-Muslim countries via executive order. The order prevents Syrian refugees from entering the United States for 120 days and blocks entrance from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Refugees, students, visitors and green card holders were detained at airports across the country. Trump claimed that his ban was not targeting Muslims. He cited a similar policy enacted by the Obama administration in 2011.
Everybody is arguing whether or not it is a BAN. Call it what you want, it is about keeping bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 1, 2017
Trump’s order has caused a lot of controversy, and the country has exploded in protest – people have gathered en masse at international airports in support of Muslims and refugees. In addition, Democrats and Republicans have refused to condone the order, including former Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired on Jan. 30 after she refused to defend the executive order.
— SC Democratic Party (@scdp) January 30, 2017
Trump’s ban is affecting families, students, workers and even legal residents – all are being denied access back into the United States. Such is the case with Clemson doctoral graduate Nazanin Zinouri. Zinouri was returning from a visit to her family in Tehran when she was taken off her flight in Dubai by TSA officers. Senators Lindsay Graham and Tim Scott have both announced that they will work to get Zinouri back into the United States.
Universities are also showing their support for their international students – President Glenn McConnell issued a campus-wide email reassuring students that the College of Charleston’s international students are an “integral part of the College of Charleston experience, providing diversity of thought, belief and expression and playing a critical role in the free exchange of ideas and culture.”