UPDATE: MU Responds to Travel Ban Targeting Seven Predominantly Muslim Countries

Trump’s administration is planning on defending his travel ban after a federal appeals court refused to reinstate it, according to The New York Times.

The ban targets seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan.

Since it was announced, MU officials have reached out and offered help and support to students and organizations affected.

“They all showed their support which was really heartwarming and they were all trying to see how they could help which is really nice,” said Omid Kamran-Disfani, President of MU’s Iranian Student Association. “They have made sure that they communicate a message that they will be doing their best to support anyone affected by this.”

“Officials from MU’s International Center are closely watching the situation,” said Christian Basi, director of the MU News Bureau. “While it works its way through the courts, we continue to support our students and meet with them individually, making sure they are aware of the resources that might be able to help with their specific situation.”

According to the 2016-2017 figures from MU’s International Center, of the 2,792 international students at MU, 79 are from Iraq and 51 are from Iran.

“Most of them are here doing research or teaching or having some sort of graduate assistantship. So, I think it will not affect something like a study abroad but it definitely, if this stays. It will make it very difficult for them to travel” Disfani said.

The most prominent effect will be an inability to travel out of the country.

“It has not affected them in a sense that they had to go through the Customs and come into the country because everyone was in the country as far as I know. I have not heard of anyone being, having trouble or being outside the country trying to get in the country so.”

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