In Support of Our International Students, Scholars and Families

Message from the President
January 29, 2017

Dear LMU Community:

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” on Friday, Jan. 27, restricting travel and immigration of persons from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. We continue to assess the impacts of the order as government officials clarify its provisions.

LMU is contacting affected students, faculty, and/or staff, and we will continue to coordinate and support our community members as we monitor this evolving situation. We recommend persons from the named countries suspend planned travel outside of the United States until further notice.

Members of our LMU family are persons for and with others; affiliating them with terrorists violates their dignity, along with what has made and continues to make America great. In my November 18 message, I reaffirmed that “our mission and our commitment to the dignity of all persons are pillars on which we rely.” I join educators and citizens nationwide and oppose an order that limits our ability to fulfill LMU’s educational mission in a global context and endangers the freedom of movement for the students, faculty, and scholars who vitally enrich our diverse and inclusive academic community, while also separating many of them from beloved, supporting family members. I applaud the statement from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, among others, who condemn this executive action. Driven by our Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount values, we stand unequivocally in support of our students, regardless of nationality, religion, citizenship, and/or documentation status.

Student Affairs and Human Resources on both campuses will continue advising and assisting impacted individuals. They will provide updates as appropriate. Please keep those adversely impacted by this order in your thoughts and prayers.

With sincere appreciation and thanks,

Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.
President