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Update on U.S. Supreme Court’s travel ban decision

June 28, 2018 4:02 PM
Dear Members of the UMBC Community,

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court released a 5-to-4 decision upholding the Trump administration’s entry restrictions on nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. The travel ban has been in effect since December 4, 2017, and this new ruling rejects any legal challenges. The decision allows for indefinite restrictions on entry of nationals from designated countries.

We at UMBC remain committed to inclusive excellence and global engagement. Asaffirmed by the University System of Maryland, we will continue to recruit, welcome, and support students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and researchers of all national backgrounds. I encourage you to visit the UMBC Diversity and Inclusion website to learn more about our shared commitment to advancing UMBC’s culture of inclusive excellence.

Specific travel restrictions vary by country and are subject to categorical exceptions and case-by-case waivers. If you, a friend, or family member is a national of one of the countries subject to the travel ban, I encourage you to learn more about the listed restrictions, exceptions, and waivers by reading the Presidential Proclamation of September 24, 2017 and reviewing the resources listed at the end of this message.

It is important to note that the decision of the Court does not reflect the recommendations of higher education leaders. The American Council on Education and 32 other higher education associations filed an amicus brief with the Court that outlines how this policy will negatively affect the ability of U.S. colleges and universities to compete for global talent. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities has stated, “While the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the president has the authority to implement the existing travel ban, the Court did not rule on whether such a policy is wise.”

For more information on the travel ban and the recent court ruling, and how they might impact members of the UMBC community, please see our International Education Services website. Additional guidance can be found through the NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

David Di Maria, Associate Vice Provost for International Education
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