Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) statement regarding President Trump’s Executive Order
Posted: February 2, 2017
The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) stands in strong opposition to President Trump’s recent executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” This order bars entry to travelers from seven majority Muslim nations, denies refugees fleeing persecution in their home countries entry into the United States for 120 days, and indefinitely suspends the entry of refugees from the conflict in Syria.
This executive order runs counter to and undermines HECUA’s mission of advancing social justice, human rights, and global citizenship through academic and community partnerships. We believe this order violates internationally recognized human rights, ignores our nation’s democratic values, and will have harmful consequences for many persons, including students enrolled in our programs as well as consortium colleges and universities.
One example: HECUA’s work is rooted in Minneapolis, Minnesota–home to the largest population of Somali immigrants and refugees in the United States of America. Our Somali students, nonprofit partners, neighbors, and stakeholders will be profoundly affected by this travel ban. Our deep commitment to building relationships in our community and our decades of experience in educating for social change make it painfully clear that this Executive Order does not make us safer, as the administration claims. In fact, there is no “us” without the members of our community directly impacted by this order and the statements and policies that have accompanied it.
HECUA’s work depends on students, staff, community, and institutional partners who understand that there is no such place as “away,” and there is no “us” without our whole community.
As we did after the election of Donald Trump, we affirm HECUA’s support for all students and staff regardless of national origin or immigration status. We are deeply supportive of fostering inclusive learning and work environments where all students, staff, and faculty feel welcome, valued, and safe.
There are few actions that we can take in response to this Islamophobic, dehumanizing, and fear-mongering executive order. However, please know that we at HECUA will do everything within our power to protect and care for our students, staff, and community members who may be impacted. We will continue to guard student and employee privacy to the fullest extent under the law. Within the limits of our resources, we will remain prepared to assist and/or make necessary referrals for resources and support with complete respect for confidentiality. We will continue to critically analyze the executive order and its potential consequences. We will also explore ways to integrate critical discussions of this executive order into our classroom discussions both at home and abroad. And we will continue to stand in solidarity with our community partners and other progressive movements that challenge the intelligence, constitutionality, morality, and effectiveness of this executive order. Finally, we will continue to monitor developments and respond appropriately in collaboration with our consortium institutions and domestic and international community partners.
We urge you to contact us with any questions or concerns. You can find the full list of our staff here.