Academics United - No to Visa and Immigration Ban: U Michigan

Thu, Feb 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


In solidarity with Academics United rallies, we are gathering on the Michigan Diag to show our support for citizens of the seven banned countries and refugees affected by the Jan 27 Executive Order.
#AcademicsUnited #NoBanNoWall #NoVisaBan

(1) What has happened?

On Friday Jan. 27th 2017, president Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States with any type of immigrant or non-immigrant visa. This action also bans refugees and US permanent residents (green card holders). An estimated 134 million people are affected by this action [1]. Although the EO is temporary and the visa ban is in place for 90 days, it also allows for an indefinite extension of the ban. Based on a CNN interview with a White House official, it is uncertain whether this might be the initial step toward a broader ban.

(2) Who are we?

We are a diverse group of students, post-docs, and employees attending universities all across the United States. We all have dreams of not only receiving the best education possible, but also serving the nation that has granted us this valuable opportunity. We have similar views, plans, and ambitions as our neighboring colleagues and we too are looking for a better future in this country that has welcomed us with open arms.

(3) How are we affected by the recent action?

According to the EO, we are banned from entering or reentering the US for at least 90 days. This means that if we leave to visit our families, we may not be able to return to finish our education. Furthermore, those who were outside the country at the time of the ban are not being allowed to return to their families and friends in the United States. We are being forced to make a heartbreaking decision between our families and our futures. in the midst of this difficult time we look to you, our friends and colleagues, to stand united with us.

(4) Who else is looking for a solution to this action?

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) is challenging the constitutionality of this EO in federal court, and a nationwide injunction has been granted. This development, although very encouraging, is temporary which means more consequential legal battles lie ahead.

NIAC (National Iranian American Council) is actively looking for solutions to this action.

(5) What is the mission of “Academics United - No Visa and Immigration Ban” rallies?

To demonstrate the impact this action on thousands of honest and ambitious students.

(6) When and where is the rally?

Thursday, Feb 9th 2017 at 12:00 pm.

We appreciate your university’s participation. If any university is planning to join the list, please send a Facebook message to the admins. The following is an up-to-date list of the universities that have already agreed to participate. See this link:

(7) Do we have a color for the rally?

Yes, white. Please have a white hat or a white coat on you on the day of the rally. Our hopes and dreams are in your hands and we all look to a peaceful future.

The Diag


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