Universities Canada issues statement condemning US travel ban

January 31, 2017

Canadian universities have issued “a rare political statement” by opposing the current ban on citizens from seven countries entering the United States, as well as the suspension of refugee admissions, writes Simona Chiose for the Globe and Mail. In a statement released over the weekend, Universities Canada voiced grave concerns about US President Donald Trump’s executive order, noting that it would have a “real, immediate and profound” impact on students, faculty, and staff at Canadian campuses. “University presidents and academics from across the country are saying that this is too important to stay quiet on,” says the organization’s president Paul Davidson. “This is not just a political and rhetorical statement to offer support to academics around the world, it’s about students, faculty and staff on Canadian campuses now.” A number of universities have issued individual statements expressing concern about the travel ban and offering support to students affected by it. Globe and Mail | Universities Canada