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January 30, 2017

To the University of Miami Community:

Miami, the city this University calls home, has long been a model in demonstrating the remarkable role immigrants and refugees can play in creating a dynamic and thriving community where everyone—regardless of race, religion, or country of origin—can contribute to prosperity and well-being in the United States and around the world. This belief is at the heart of the University of Miami's dedication to creating and sharing knowledge that transcends national, ideological, and cultural borders.

Friday's Presidential Executive Order banned the entry of refugees, placed a 90-day moratorium on the issuance of U.S. visas to nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, and prohibited the entry into the United States of individuals born in these countries who are not United States citizens. As soon as the executive order was issued, we identified and contacted members of the UM community who might be affected. At this point, we are urging students, faculty, and staff members who are from these countries to postpone any nonessential travel until there is clarity as to how they will be admitted or re-admitted to the U.S.

We understand that in addition to practical considerations related to the executive order, the current climate of uncertainty generates levels of anxiety among members of our community, and for this reason we are committed to addressing your concerns. Our recent announcement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) reaffirms our commitment to provide "students, faculty, and staff of all nationalities and citizenship status with opportunities to nurture their talents and achieve their goals." The announcement provides helpful information on available resources for students with immigration concerns.

If you have any questions related to the executive order, please contact:

  • Students: International Student and Scholar Services at 305.284.2928 or via email isss@miami.edu
  • Faculty and Staff: Workplace Equity and Performance in the Office of Human Resources at 305.284.3064.

As we receive more clarification on the executive order, the University will work closely with international members of our community to ensure they receive our support.

The University remains committed to sustaining a diverse and inclusive community where each of us belongs. I encourage each one of you to express to your fellow 'Canes that they are welcome at our shared home, the University of Miami.