SAN MARCOS, TX – In response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration, much of Texas State University still insists on unity.
Soroush Omidvarnia, 20, is a biology junior whose family originates from Iran. He said he took the executive order as an insult not just to him and his family, but to the entire country.
“It not only affects Texas State students, but all people in the U.S. and the future of this country,” said Omidvarnia. “Immigrants play an important role in this nation’s society. They come to the U.S. to access the opportunities that are offered here. I think people on campus and around the world need to work together now more than ever.”
The executive order – Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States – is a 90-day ban on people entering the U.S. from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It also prevents all refugees from entering for 120 days and indefinitely for those from Syria.
Katie Barrett, 21, an English senior, said the ban could potentially threaten what Texas State represents for most people.
“We are supposed to be an inclusive community, so the act of banning immigrants and refugees is un-American and cruel,” said Barrett. “I think this kind of behavior on the part of elected officials encourages everyday citizens to act upon their inner hate. This is really something that we shouldn’t just stand by and let happen.”
According to an email message sent from Texas State President Denise Trauth, there are 22 affected individuals at the university, including 18 students, two visiting scholars and two faculty members.
“We value the contributions that these 22 people make to Texas State; they enrich our community,” said Trauth. “Our university is committed to ensuring that our community is diverse and composed of people from many cultures, reflecting both the global environment in which we live and our core values.”
Trauth also commented on the controversial fliers posted on campus earlier this week. The university has had at least two similar cases of postings but Trauth ended her message with reassuring words, which may also apply toward the controversy from the ban.
“I personally find these fliers reprehensible,” said Trauth. “Racial intolerance has no place at Texas State. These fliers are meant to divide us; please do not allow that to happen.”
For more information on President Trump’s executive order, visit factcheck.org for nonpartisan details.