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Updates on Immigration Executive Orders and OHIO Actions

This website serves as a resource for the Ohio University community on the following information. The page was last updated on Feb. 23, 2017.

Details and updates on the executive orders

Ohio University actions

Support services

Events and meetings

Additional information

Contact information


Executive Order 13769: Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals

  • As of Feb. 23, no new executive order related to Executive Order 13769 has been issued yet. Media reports  are discussing the potential of a new executive order and are speculating that one could be released next week. If a new executive order related to immigration and travel to the United States is released, the details of it will be posted here.
  • On Feb. 16, 2017 President Trump announced in a news conference that his administration would issue a new executive action related to Executive Order 13769 durng the week of Feb. 19-25. The details of any new exeuctive action are unclear. President Trump also stated in the news conference that his administration is appealing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that upheld the nationwide injunction blocking Executive Order 13769. The transcript of the entire news conference is available  here.
  • On Feb. 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the nationwide injunction blocking President Donald Trump's executive order to close U.S. borders to certain immigrants and refugees worldwide. The court decision means that refugees and people from the seven nations identified in the president's Jan. 27, 2017 executive order can continue entering the country. The case will now likely continue on to a higher court.
  • On Feb. 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the government's request for an emergency stay of the District Court's temporary restraining order. The 3-judge panel recognized the public's interest and the urgency of the matter, and stated its intention to render the court's decision as soon as possible. The decision and other court documents will be made available on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals website.
  • On Feb. 5, 2017, a federal appeals court refused to issue an immediate reinstatement and asked both sides to submit additional documentation.
  • On Feb. 4, 2017, the Trump administration asked a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban. 
  • On Feb. 3, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) that blocks significant portions of the Executive Order from being enforced.  Information coming from the Department of Homeland Security indicates that immigration officials have been instructed to resume the admission procedures that were used before the Executive Order was put into place. Airlines are being instructed to allow visa holders of the 7 affected countries, as well as refugees with the proper documentation, to board flights. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they continue to process benefit requests from individuals regardless of their country of origin. Examples of these benefits include, but not limited to, OPT, changes of status, reinstatements, H-1B petitions, and adjustment of status applications.
  • On Jan. 27, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13769, "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals." Under Section 3(c) of that Executive Order, entry into the United States of most "immigrants and nonimmigrants" from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen was suspended for 90 days from the date the Executive Order was signed. Implementation of the Section 3(c) "entry ban" has generated protest, interpretive questions, application issues, and litigation that have impacted implementation of the ban.

Source: the NAFSA Association of International Educators



Executive Order 13768: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

  • On Jan. 25, 2017, President Trump signed "Executive Order 13768: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States."  Executive Order 13768  seeks to impose the “faithful execution” of U.S. immigration laws by executive agencies. The Order calls for 1) enforcing immigration laws, prioritizing removable aliens who have been convicted of or charged with criminal offenses; 2) hiring 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to carry out the enforcement, subject to Congressional appropriations; 3) empowering State and local law enforcement agencies to perform the functions of an immigration officer; and 4) ending federal grants to sanctuary jurisdictions, except as mandated by law.  


Ohio University Actions

Office of the President

  • The Office of the President has a webpage dedicated to the efforts to internationalize the OHIO campus and to support international students and faculty. 
  • On Feb. 3, 2017, President McDavis sent letters to Ohio's congressional delegation asking them to review President Trump's executive order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” signed on Jan. 27, 2017.
  • On Feb. 1, 2017, President McDavis signed a  letter  on behalf of Ohio University through the American Council on Education (ACE) regarding the recent executive order on immigration. The letter, which expresses U.S. higher education’s principles concerning international students, researchers, faculty and staff, is addressed to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly. 
  • On Jan. 29, 2017, President McDavis sent out an email to the university community  to inform all of the Executive Order and reiterate that OHIO is committed to promoting an atmosphere where the safety of our international students is a top priority and understanding and acceptance of cultural and ethnic differences are guaranteed. 
  • On Dec. 8, 2016, President McDavis signed on with more than 600 colleagues to Pomona College's Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students. 
  • On Dec. 5, 2016, President McDavis sent letters to Ohio's congressional delegation asking them to support the DACA program.


International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS)

  • On Feb. 20, ISFS  sent out an email to all international students and scholars to provide an update and to warn them about a reported phone scam.
  • On Feb. 15, ISFS sent out an email  update to all international students and scholars in all visa statuses.
  • On Feb. 5, ISFS sent out an email  to all international students in all visa statuses providing an update on the Executive Order.
  • On Feb. 1, ISFS sent an  email  to all affected students whose F-1 or J-1 program was scheduled to end in the next year.
  • On Jan. 27, ISFS sent an  email  to all students from the seven countries named in the executive order. This email was sent before the executive order was published.


  • On Feb. 21, Graduate Student senate passed a resolution "asking the University to reaffirm its existing values by taking immediate action to support all of its students regardless of immigration status." This Post article provides additional information.
  • On Feb. 1, Student Senate passed a  bill  denouncing the Executive Order "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States."
  • Graduate Student Senate has also posted a statement of support for OHIO's international community.


Support Services

International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS)

  • All students, faculty and staff with concerns or questions about the Executive Order are encouraged to contact International Student and Faculty Services for information and support.
  • ISFS provides up-to-date immigration advice to students in F or J status and scholars in J status.
  • ISFS offers information for international students electronically (i.e. website) and in person in the Walter International Education Center to assist with immigration registration and requirements.
  • ISFS holds orientation sessions to help new students and scholars understand their immigration status and related regulations, as well as providing information about Ohio University and the surrounding community.
  • ISFS is warning international students and scholars about a reported phone scam in other regions of OHIO. Callers allegedly tell the students that they have been reported to the authorities for immigration problems and ask them to pay a fee. Any OHIO students or scholars who receive calls like this are advised to not provide any personal information and to not pay any fees. Any such calls should also be reported to ISFS. More information can be found here.


The Office of Legal Affairs 

  • The Office of Legal Affairs has a qualified immigration attorney on staff who provides general immigration resources, information on processes, and advice to H-1B and O-1 non-immigrant university faculty and staff employed at Ohio University. Please click here for the latest updates.


Independent Legal Advice

  • Faculty, staff and students in need of specific legal advice may need to consult with or retain an outside immigration attorney.
  • The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)  is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members. AILA offers an attorney referral service through its website.

Harassment, Discrimination and Hate Crimes

  • The Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC) monitors the educational environment and workplace to stop, remediate, and prevent discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, national ancestry, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service or veteran status, mental or physical disability, or genetic information.
  • If you need to report harassment or discrimination call 740-593-9140 or email at equity@ohio.edu, titleIX@ohio.edu, or access@ohio.edu.
  • Persons who know of a hate crime or have been the victims of a hate crime should report it to police:  Ohio University Police Department (OUPD), 135 Scott Quad, 740-593-1911 (for incidents occurring on campus); Athens City Police Department, 11 N. College St., 24-hour dispatch at 740-593-6606 or 740-592-3313 (for incidents occurring in the City of Athens).



Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) has counselors who are aware of issues international students are facing and are available to meet with students. CPS is located on the third floor of Hudson Health Center, located on North Green. For more information, please call the office at (740) 593-1616.
  • The Division of Student Affairs has offered to waive the WellBeing fee for any international student who wishes to access CPS services but did not pay the fee at the beginning of the semester.

Events and Meetings

  • The annual Unity Walk has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m.  The Unity Walk will begin in the Wolfe Garden, which is located between Alden Library and Cutler Hall. Everyone is welcome.
  • On Feb. 28, the Students for Law, Justice & Culture will coordinate a faculty panel on "Immigration and Refugee Policy in the Wake of the Trump Presidency" at 6 p.m.  
Previous events
  • On Feb. 21, international students and scholars took part in a forum hosted by ISFS, Global Affairs and the Dean of Students to discuss the executive orders and concerns that students and scholars at OHIO may have.
  • On Feb. 14, Adrienne Gavula, Regional Office Director and Development Director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio, visited OHIO to speak with students and faculty.
  • On Feb, 10, the Center for International Studies hosted a panel in Walter Hall on The Rights of Students.
  • On Feb. 9, the Ohio University Iranian Students Society hosted a rally "Academics United: No Visa and Immigration Ban: Ohio University" at Baker Center.
  • On Feb. 2, International Student Union held a special meeting for all interested members and international students.
  • On Feb. 1, a student-led protest started at the Athens County Courthouse and ended inside of the Baker University Center. 
  • On Feb. 1, a Campus Conversation was held with several faculty members and students discussing how to respond to oppressive comments/actions.
  • On Feb. 1,   World Hijab Day  was celebrated at OHIO at the Women’s Center. The event was supported by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Center, Multicultural Center and Programs, the Women's Center, the Center for International Studies and the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.

Additional information

  • Across the country there are more than 23,000 students studying in the U.S.A. who are affected by this travel ban, the majority of whom are from Iran. An article by College Factual estimates that these students create an economic benefit of more than $700 million. That figure includes fees for tuition, fees, room and board, textbook costs and other expenses that are the norm for college students.
  • At Ohio University, there are approximately 100 students, faculty and staff who could be affected by this travel ban.
  • Ohio University is required by federal regulations to provide information about the students in F and J status to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. This information includes, but is not limited to, biographical (i.e., name, DOB, citizenship, and addresses) and academic (i.e., program of study, enrollment status, and completion date) data. Ohio University must also respond to subpoenas.
  • The Ohio University International Student Union is available to provide assistance for students with concerns or questions. ISU can be reached on facebook, twitter or through email at  isu.ohiou@gmail.com.
  • There are a number of ways a person can be in the United States legally to work or study. For example:
    • Ohio University has students who are in lawful status pursuant to the DACA program. At this point, the university has not received any reports of OHIO students who have been directly impacted by the executive order;
    • Ohio University has students from around the world who have visas that have been vetted and cleared to enter the United States.  Their valid F-1 status allows them to live and study here as long as they meet all of the requirements of the F-1 program and remain in good standing. Some of the students are from the seven countries named in the executive order and may not be able to re-enter the United States if they choose to travel to their home countries for a visit. In addition, they may not be able to receive visitors from their home countries if a travel ban is in place.
    • Ohio University has faculty and staff who are here lawfully to work for Ohio University and share their skills and expertise with our students and university community. These employees may not be able to return to the United States if they choose to travel for work or to visit their families.
    • Ohio University has faculty and staff who are in the U.S.  as lawful-immigrants pursuant to the government granting them Legal Permanent Resident status (“Green cards”).


The Office of Global Affairs

If you have additional questions about the executive orders or related issues, please contact The Office of Global Affairs at  globalaffairs@ohio.edu, visit the International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS) offices in the Walter International Education Center, or send ISFS an email at  sfs@ohio.edu.





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