Eastern Michigan University President James Smith statement in response to Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy change regarding international students

*Updated July 9

Eastern Michigan University takes great pride in being a welcoming environment for international students, as evidenced by the 100 light post banners around our campus and the large 80 foot mural celebrating "You Are Welcome Here" with images of international students and flags of their home nations. The recently announced policy change by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) runs counter to our efforts to support international students, who bring great diversity of thought, culture and perspective to our campus community and to our classrooms. We are proud to have them as part of our campus community. Eastern Michigan University is supportive of the growing national effort to stop this new policy and will continue to advocate strongly on behalf of international students at Eastern Michigan University and at colleges and universities across the nation. 

We are working closely in opposition to this policy with the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and will sign the Alliance’s amicus brief to the court in support of the Harvard/MIT legal action. We will continue to evaluate the best ways to support our international students so that they are not required to leave the country under the new policy.

James M. Smith, Ph.D
Eastern Michigan University

July 08, 2020

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