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IRT Update: Responding to the Revised Travel Ban

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The following message was sent to the Immigration Response Team (IRT) mailing list on Monday, Sept. 25 by IRT Driector Marissa Hill-Dongre:

The revised travel ban announced last night by the Trump Administration will have a significant impact on students, staff and faculty from the countries included in the proclamation . We are deeply concerned for those affected by the announcement, and want to say unequivocally, you are valued members of our University community.

We understand that each time there is an announcement of this kind, there is a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety regarding how you may be impacted.  We want to hear from you, provide support and work to answer any questions you have. We know these travel restrictions affect your families as well, and we are sorry that many will face difficult separations as a result.

I encourage international students, scholars and employees to reach out to ISSS for support. The Immigration Response Team is also available and is closely collaborating with ISSS.

The current environment is challenging and stressful. Whether you are an international or immigrant student, staff or faculty member, please ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed. ISSS provides counseling to international students and scholars. We also have counseling services listed by campus here.

New Travel Restrictions not in place until October 18

The new travel restrictions will not go into effect until October 18. We expect to post more details about the new policy later this week. Do not hesitate to reach out to us at or ISSS with questions and concerns in the meantime.

Supreme Court Removes Hearing from Calendar

On Sept. 25, the Supreme Court removed the travel ban and the refugee resettlement hearings from its calendar. The justices ordered both sides to file new briefs over whether parts of the law are moot in light of the revised travel restrictions announced last night.

For more information, visit the Immigration Response Team website.


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This is rather exciting for the Minneapolis campus to start receiving kosher, halal, and vegetarian options, furthermore the feet washing station, and gender neutral restrooms is also a great way to step it up with inclusion! Please don't for get about the Saint Paul campus. There are plenty of people who would benefit from all these improvements that should have been done a long time ago.

Hi there - I think you meant to post this comment to this story: The St Paul campus is part of the Twin Cities campus. There are many gender neutral restrooms and lactation spaces there. You can find them on campus maps by clicking on the "Inclusivity" button at the top of the page. The Kosher frozen meals are available in Bailey.  We are working on getting the Prime Deli sandwiches at the Terrace.  Aramark is actually working to convert all chicken breast served on campus to be Halal, but are putting the Terrace as a priority. Facilities that can be used for footwashing will hopefully be added to the St Paul campus in the coming months. Ann Freeman


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