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GVSU joins ACE letter to Secy. of Homeland Security

February 03, 2017

Grand Valley State University was among the more than 600 colleges and universities to sign on to a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly by the American Council on Education expressing concerns about President Trump's January 27, 2017 executive order, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." The content of the letter is below and can be accessed online here.


February 3, 2017

The Honorable John F. Kelly Secretary of Homeland Security Washington, DC 20528

Dear Secretary Kelly,

Congratulations on your confirmation as Secretary of Homeland Security. You have inherited a wide array of challenges, central among them immigration and the protection of our nation.

Our colleges and universities have been partners with the Department of Homeland Security in protecting our country since the agency’s creation. We are committed to continuing this important collaboration. It is in that spirit that we write to express our concerns about the Jan. 27, 2017 executive order and wish to set forth principles concerning the role of international students, faculty, researchers and staff on our campuses.

We take seriously the need to safeguard our nation and also the need for the United States to remain the destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest students, faculty, and scholars. International exchange is a core value and strength of American higher education. Moreover, our nation’s welcoming stance to scholars and scientists has benefited the U.S. through goodwill and a long history of scientific and technological advances that have been essential to the economic growth our country has experienced for decades. When they return home they are ambassadors for American values, democracy and the free market.

Our nation can only maintain its global scientific and economic leadership position if it encourages those talented people to come here to study and work. America is the greatest magnet for talented people from around the world and it must remain so.

We are confident that our nation can craft policies that secure us from those who wish to harm us, while welcoming those who seek to study, conduct research and scholarship, and contribute their knowledge and talents to our country. We look forward to building on our partnership with the Department to address these important issues.


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