BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - President Donald Trump's ban on travel is having a big impact on students who attend LSU. More than 100 of them currently registered at the university are from one of the seven countries named in the President's Executive Order. The countries include Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and Somalia.
LSU is known for its diverse student population. Every year, the university proudly welcomes scholars from around the world to share their unique talents and get a college education. Many of those students are able to attend school in the United States with a student visa. It allows them to go home and visit their home countries during school breaks, but an Executive Order signed by President Trump on Friday, protecting the U.S. from foreign nationals entering from seven countries known for acts of terrorism, might prohibit some students from returning to the U.S. once they leave.
According to LSU, 118 students enrolled this semester are from those countries. The breakdown of student enrollment from foreign countries can be found below:
Assistant professor at the LSU Immigration Law Clinic, Lauren Aronson, believes they are currently in the U.S.
"If they happen to be abroad when the executive order was signed, they would have not been allowed back into the U.S.I haven't actually heard whether any of those 118 students were outside of the U.S., and because our school is already in session, I assume they were probably back," Aronson said.
LSU President F. King Alexander sent a letter to the LSU community on Monday afternoon stating the move has "caused significant alarm within the higher education community, and that LSU is engaged with governmental leaders to ensure the protection of our students, faculty, and staff."
He added university leaders will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates. His full statement can be read below:
Southern University also released a statement saying: