Universities across the Miami Valley could feel the impact of President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on immigration and refugees. The president’s new order signed Monday temporarily suspends the processing of visa applications from Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, and Libya for 90 days. Iraqi citizens are not affected by the revised order. The ban also does not apply to people who already hold valid visas.
Trump's order also suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, but refugees already scheduled for travel will still be allowed entry. The number of refugees allowed into the U.S. will be capped at 50,000 for fiscal year 2017.
Trump’s original travel ban issued in January included Iraq. The Associated Press reports the White House says it removed Iraq from the list under pressure from the State Department and the Defense Department.
Dayton immigration attorney Catherine McCarthy thinks the revised travel ban may discourage foreign citizens from traveling to the U.S, and that may affect some Miami Valley colleges.
“For Dayton, with our universities, with our international students and international professors, there are going to be repercussions as far as attracting more students because the climate in the United States is becoming less welcoming,” said McCarthy.
About 1,500 international students attend Wright State. Nearly 1,400 attend the University of Dayton.