UWCM Students Caught in Ban


By the Flying Dutchman,
December 14th, 2017


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Unveiled in September, the latest ban was immediately challenged in federal appeals courts in multiple states. Lower courts said in October, just a day before the ban was set to come into full effect that that the portions of the ban should be put on hold while the challenges proceeded. But Monday’s order by the Supreme Court suspended the lower courts’ injunctions, allowing the ban to take effect.
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What does the ban entail?
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  • It brings in a suspension of the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days
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  • There is also an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees
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  • And anyone arriving from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen – faces a 90-day visa suspension. Some visa categories, such as diplomats and the UN, are not included in the suspension
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  • The order also introduces a cap of 50,000 refugees to be accepted in 2017, against a limit of 110,000 set by former President Barack Obama
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  • Priority will be given to religious minorities facing persecution in their countries. In an interview,Mr Trump singled out Christians in Syria
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  • Exceptions could be made on a case-by-case basis

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As a campus of many minorities, this ban does affect some DP students as they are forced to give up on their application to American universities. When it comes to scholarships, US colleges are often more inclined to reward diligent students the needed funds than universities in Europe. This reality puts the students in very unfortunate situation as many are seeking considerable financial aid.
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Our Universities Office is doing whatever it can to support the students affected by the ban. The office is searching for options that offer funds as well as the needed academic and social environment for the individual student.
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Though all its unfortunate consequences, this ban is also a ratification of our mission. To achieve a peaceful future, we must look to education to rid ourselves of the ignorance that Trump is casting on the world.

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