Over the last few days the new Trump administration has stumbled from one mess to another. On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning entrance to the US from citizens or dual-citizens of several Muslim majority countries even to those with permanent residence status. This has wreaked havoc for many in our campus community and many friends, colleagues and family members beyond campus.
This administration’s actions have been deeply immoral, embarrassing and incompetent. The leadership of AAP stands in solidarity with our friends, colleagues and students affected by the xenophobia, fear-mongering and ineptitude of this administration. While many of you feel unwelcome and look to an uncertain future, please know that you have friends and allies here on campus in our organization and in the broader campus community. We strongly support the statement made Saturday by Martin McFarlane, the Director of International Students and Scholars Services at UIUC: “You are wanted at the University of Illinois. You are needed here. And you are valued here.”
Joseph Roy, President
Lisa Bievenue, Treasurer
Jason Mierek, Secretary
Dan Hahn, Past President