To the Bates Community:

It is widely known by now that the immigration ban ordered by President Trump has directly prevented thousands of immigrants, refugees, students and visitors from Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia from entering the US. Although the executive order has been temporarily halted by the Department of Homeland Security, we are still deeply disheartened by such an exclusionary motion.

As the Asian American Students in Action (AASIA) club on campus, we believe that the actions of the Trump Administration further polarize our country. This enactment echoes a similar sentiment to past discriminatory laws such as the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Japanese Internment Executive Order. Especially at a time when we should be embracing our differences, the ban only exacerbates the fears of individuals and communities who differ from our own.

We recognize that even if one may not be from the aforementioned countries or practice the Muslim faith, this ban can still be concerning for all members of our community. We want to express our empathy and extend our support. Our club meets Wednesdays at 7pm weekly in the Office of Intercultural Education, and we would love to have you join our conversation.