Dear international students in the Division of Continuing Education at UCI,
As many of you know, President Trump has signed several orders on immigration since he took office, including one that triggered an immediate ban on entry to the U.S. for citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries. Those countries are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, from which we are so happy to have seven students this summer. Please know that President Trump’s executive orders restricting entry to the United States are contrary to our values as an institution and a community at large.
On June 26, 2017, the decision upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow some aspects of the travel ban to be implemented will NOT affect international students coming to UCI. The decision contains an exception that allows individuals to continue to apply for visas and enter the U.S. if they have a true claim of a real relationship with a person or institution in the United States. This includes students who have been admitted to a U.S. school.
We want you to read this part very carefully. Please understand this: We are happy you are here with us in Southern California. We are committed to supporting you. We value you. We want you. We respect you. You are welcome at UC Irvine.
Students and visitors from all other countries and all faiths are welcome in the United States. President Trump’s orders have not changed that. Many educators, politicians, and other leaders are working hard to make sure our government continues to support and welcome the best students and scholars of all backgrounds and nationalities.
On January 28, 2017, University of California Irvine Chancellor Gillman sent a letter to the UCI community. In that letter, he said international students and professors are very important to UCI. He believes that UCI is a learning community that gives everyone a chance to succeed. We are a community that shows respect for every culture and religion.
DCE staff and teachers know that it is our privilege to work with students like you every day. We learn so much from you. You fill us with hope because YOU will be future leaders in the world. You understand the importance of making friendships with people of every nation and showing care and compassion to those in need. Please know that you are always welcome in our International Programs family.
If President Trump’s orders have caused you to feel anxious or emotional, and you would like some support, please know that our International Student Support Manager, Ms. Cindy Lefmann, cares about your well-being and is available to help you. Her office telephone number is 949-824-6872, and the Student Crisis Assistance telephone number is 949-874-5440.
If you have any questions about recent events or about your important place in the Division of Continuing Education at UCI, please contact me or arrange to see me. My office telephone number is 949-824-2679, and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for trusting us with your educational experience. We hope you feel our most sincere welcome!
Denise A. Davis
Division of Continuing Education
University of California Irvine