Universities grapple with effects of Trump travel restrictions on international students

University leaders across Missouri scrambled during the weekend to deliver a message to international students who might be affected by a presidential executive order temporarily banning refugees and citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Among the first schools in the area to send out a statement was Webster University, which, like many schools nationwide, suggested students who might be affected don’t leave the country as they might not be allowed back in.

A federal judge ordered a stay against portions of the executive order, but the fluid situation has college leaders still in limbo in what to share with students.

Washington University Chancellor Mark Wrighton said he fully endorsed a statement against the executive orders published Saturday by the Association of American Universities, noting that his school values “a long tradition of drawing talented people from all around the world to our community.”

Multiple Missouri public university leaders shared Sunday that they were still figuring out what to share with students.

The numbers of affected students vary significantly by institution. Fewer than 10 students come from the countries in Trump’s order at Missouri State University, Webster University and the University of Central Missouri, versus 50 at Washington University, 117 at the Missouri University of Science at Technology and about 150 at Mizzou.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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