Presidential Executive Order on Immigration
As you are aware, a Jan. 27 Presidential Executive Order on immigration caused concern among higher education colleagues and within our own campus communities over its prospective implications for international students, faculty and scholars.
Immediately following news of the Executive Order, our chancellors shared available information with their campus communities on steps being taken to determine the status of those potentially affected and to offer assistance where possible.
On Feb. 3, a federal judge in Seattle suspended the order in response to a challenge to it by Washington state. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments about whether to restore the ban, and that court’s ruling is expected later this week.
Today, I spoke with each of Tennessee’s U.S. Senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, to urge their consideration of and advocacy for the value of the scientific, academic and cultural contributions of international students and scholars. While we recognize and understand the need for effective processes to ensure national security, our hope is that as this executive order is further examined and vetted, there will be greater clarity.
I am grateful to Sen. Alexander and Sen. Corker for their time and attention to the concerns I conveyed on behalf of the statewide UT community, and for their continued support of our University.
As mentioned above, the leaders of all University of Tennessee campuses have been in communication with their respective campus communities and sharing pertinent information. As additional information becomes available, it will be shared with those who assist affected students, faculty and staff.
Systemwide, we will continue to support all members of the UT family.
All the best,