At MSU, opinions differ on Trump travel ban

By JACKSON NOLDE/Montana State News

“I feel that people’s attitudes changed and more confident to be racist.”  This came from a student studying at Montana State University from Libya, one of the countries targeted by the travel ban by President Trump’s executive order against seven predominantly Muslim nations.

According to The White House on Friday Jan. 27, President Trump signed an executive order to keep people from entering the United States for 120 days from seven predominantly Muslim nations.   Trump apparently never ran the order by the Justice Department.  Homeland Security officials weren’t given much guidance on how the order would be implemented resulting in confusion and chaos.

Some people feel that the order is a good thing, for national security.  One such student said, “If banning Muslim majority countries for three months will help protect our country from terrorism.”

Other students feel differently towards this executive order. “I feel so bad that they are being singled out just because some sick individual deems it national security to ban a particular group of people,” another student said. 

Montana State University has 21 students currently from the seven countries that have been affected by President Trump’s travel ban.  University President Cruzado says the campus is working on making sure these 21 students are welcome and safe.

MSU President Waded Cruzado wrote in a statement to the public, “Our students, faculty and staff impacted by the executive order should not be concerned about the safety of their job or place at Montana State University.”

The Libyan student said he doesn’t have time to focus on the ‘what ifs’ of this executive order.   “Man I don’t care,” he said, “I’m here to study. I love people, and there are a lot of amazing people here.”  For now, his visa doesn’t have any issues.

Montana State University is ready to help the students affected by this executive order.  The student informed us in an email by the international office.  He is scheduled to meet with a senior immigration attorney who will provide an overview of the changes to the U.S immigration policy.

President Cruzado urged everyone on campus to “come together as one Montana State University community, one in which every member is truly appreciated and valued.”

That as students we should watch out for our fellow peers.

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