Travel restrictions to the USA
Many of you will have been alarmed by this weekend’s news of the travel restrictions to the USA ordered by President Donald Trump.
It is deeply troubling to see a country like the USA arbitrarily banning travel simply on the basis of religion or country of birth. We can, however, take hope from the public response to the President’s executive order.
If history teaches us anything it is that we must condemn any attempt to demonise and divide people based on their nationality or religion. We very much hope that the US courts will prevail and restore some sense and constitutional order.
As a University we are opposed to any action, anywhere in the world, that prevents students and academics from pursuing their studies because of their religion or place of birth.
We will continue to support our diverse family of nations at UEA and to welcome refugee scholars wherever we can. We expect our own government to provide visible leadership on this matter and to use its influence to encourage the USA administration to right this wrong.
Vice-Chancellor Prof David Richardson, UEA
Well-said and I fully agree. As an American who had the privilege of studying at UEA, I found Great Britain to be on the whole a very welcoming country and UEA in particular to be a welcome place for students from around the world. We all got along despite our countries' differences in languages, dominant religions and political systems. Our courts here in the US, thankfully, have done the honorable thing and upheld the values that truly make America great.Thank you for lending your voice on this matter.
First of all the countries were identified under the Obama administration. Second (whatever its faults) the policy as implemented did not discriminate on the basis of religion - most Muslim countries were not included.
As to "As a University we are opposed to any action, anywhere in the world, that prevents students and academics from pursuing their studies because of their religion or place of birth" - that is meaningless. Or does the VC mean that if the national security professionals (trusted by Obama) say that tighter restrictions on immigration are required in order to protect the US he (the VC) believes that freedom of movement for students is more important than the lives of people (of all faiths and colour) whose lives may be endangered.
Don't get me wrong - Trump is an ass - and if that was the agenda behind that piece of social media ‘emoting’ then fine - just say so. That this sort of flabby thinking should come out of a university that I was proud to attend makes me very sad.
Don't disagree that President Trump's actions are probably counter productive in reducing the threat of Islamic terrorism but I wonder why Prof Richardson has not produced a similar blogpost denouncing those countries who will not admit people with an Israeli stamp in their passports. It is the double standards that I find rather nauseating.
I'm with Paul Cavin on this one. What's wrong with a 90 day pause while they come up with something more appropriate? One doesn't have to be a deranged egomaniac to support the ban nor an educated elitist to oppose it.