Statement on Executive Order on Immigration

On Friday afternoon, an Executive Order was issued by the President of the United States entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States." The Executive Order addresses standards for immigrant, nonimmigrant, and refugee entry into the United States, and applies to travel to and from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Mideast and citizens from those same countries. Elizabethtown College is currently assessing the impact of the Order on our students, faculty, staff and prospective visitors to the College. Parts of the Order have been stayed by federal courts and the application of the Order has already been altered in some respects. If individual students or employees have questions about the application of the Order and how it applies to their individual situation, please contact Academic Affairs or Human Resources.

Elizabethtown College has long welcomed students and visitors and hired faculty and staff members from countries around the world, without discrimination of their national origin or religion. We believe that global understanding is one of the foundations of learning for our world. We will comply with all regulations regarding immigration and citizenship while upholding the principles of freedom of religious expression and international exchange.

Below are some FAQs to assist with understanding the executive order:

Q. What are the main components of the Executive Order?

The Executive Order suspends entry to the United States of immigrants and nonimmigrants from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for at least 90 days, with limited exceptions. The Executive Order also suspends entry of all refugees (irrespective of their country) to the United States for 120 days and admission of Syrian refugees indefinitely. The Executive Order also calls for a review of visa issuance protocol and enhanced vetting for visa applicants of all countries.

A detailed summary and analysis of the Executive Order prepared by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) can be found here: http://www.aila.org/infonet/analysis-executive-order-visa-issuance-screening

Q. Who is impacted by the Executive Order and what advice is the College providing to those impacted?

Citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will not be permitted entry or re-entry into the United States for 90 days, with limited exceptions. It is our understanding that this ban applies to visa holders and individuals with a dual citizenship with another non-US country. We understand that the ban on re-entry also currently encompasses U.S. permanent residents ("green card" holders) who are citizens of one of these countries. The Executive Order does not prohibit U.S. citizens who have dual nationality from entering the United States with their valid U.S. passport. Our recommendation is that citizens of these countries legally residing in the United States avoid travel outside the U.S. during this period and consult an immigration attorney if travel is required. Such travel may result in the person's inability to return to the United States for 90 days. Our current understanding is that individuals from these countries who are legally present in the U.S., and who do not intend to travel, will not be impacted by the Executive Order.

Q. What is the impact of the Executive Order on faculty, staff, and students from other countries who are non-citizens?

The Executive Order focuses primarily on the entry of citizens from the countries listed above. However, the Executive Order also directs the Department of Homeland Security to review visa issuance protocol for all countries within the next 30 days. We cannot determine the impact of this aspect of the Executive Order yet, but it is possible it may cause a delay in the processing of visa renewals and entry for citizens of other countries.