GPSA Travel Ban Statement

Graduate Students of Arizona State University,

Your Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Executive Team has reviewed the latest U.S. Supreme Court unsigned order permitting President Donald Trump’s ‘travel ban,’ to come back into partial effect.

The court’s decision declares that the travel ban may not bar any individual who has a ‘bona fide’ connection to the United States, including people with a ‘close familial relationship’ to someone in the United States, students with acceptance letters to U.S. Universities, workers with offers of employment in the U.S., and lecturers who have been invited to speak in the U.S.

Please note the following:

(1) University students, faculty, staff, and lecturers appear to be exempt from the ban as declared in the U.S. Supreme Court’s unsigned order.

(2) This decision, however, will be subject to interpretation and litigation. Immigration administrators will decide who qualifies for those categories; individuals who are barred entry may challenge the decision in court.

(3) The unsigned order only applies until the court reconvenes in October and reviews the case in full. At that time, the court may reach a similar or a different decision.

GPSA will continue to monitor this development and its impacts on our graduate student community. We are watching closely for the response of the Arizona Board of Regents, ASU’s administration, as well as the student governments and administrations of our fellow state universities.

As stated in our GPSA Resolution (Assembly Bill 34, February 17, 2017), GPSA is responsible for representing our constituents while fostering a positive, inclusive, and culturally accepting collegiate environment. Again, we reaffirm our support of all students, regardless of national origin, race, gender identity, religion, or sexual orientation. If you need support or want to learn more about the unsigned order, please reach out to the following:

GPSA External Affairs Team
International Students and Scholars Center
Office of the Provost, Immigration and Travel Services
ASU Counseling Services
ASU Dean of Students

Sincerely,
Michelle Sullivan, GPSA Vice President of External Affairs
Claire Crowther, GPSA Assembly President
Samantha Hernandez, GPSA President