2/4 Update on Executive Order on Immigration

February 4, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to report that as a result of the combined efforts of our community, an extraordinary sequence of last-minute court decisions, and the tenacity of our student, I have just received confirmation that Saira Rafiee has been granted re-entry to the United States and will soon be returning to the Graduate Center.

We are extremely grateful that our efforts to connect Ms. Rafiee with legal assistance were successful. This morning Vice President for Student Affairs Matt Schoengood and a legal team were positioned at Boston's Logan Airport to meet her along with friends, fellow students, and family. We are delighted that the re-entry went expeditiously and without the need for additional legal intervention. 

While the executive order's long-term repercussions on the academy remain cause for concern, today we take a brief moment to celebrate and very much look forward to welcoming Ms. Rafiee back to campus.

I extend my deep thanks to Provost Connolly and my executive team; our partners at Citizenship Now!, especially Allan Wernick; our Political Science faculty and students; and the entire Graduate Center community for your invaluable help, advocacy, and concern.

Chase F. Robinson

Submitted on: FEB 4, 2017

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