King's Opposes U.S. Executive Order
February 7, 2017
The King’s University College community is gravely concerned about the recent executive order issued by the President of the United States. The order to restrict the mobility of immigrants and refugees has direct implications for how King’s supports its diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and their families and is fundamentally at odds with our mission to build bridges of understanding, to foster respectful relationships and to establish a diverse and inclusive campus community.
King’s continues to welcome to its campus students, faculty, staff, and their families from around the world. Members of our community regularly travel the globe on academic exchanges, collaborative research projects, experiential learning field schools, and attend meetings and conferences that help advance new knowledge and facilitate international understanding. This order limits these activities for profiled members of our immediate and extended community.
As Principal of King’s, I have participated in the development of (and formally signed) the statements recently issued by the associations of Catholic colleges and universities both here in Canada and in the United States (ACCUC and ACCU). We stand behind these statements and with our partner institutions in Universities Canada and the Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences. We call for the immediate rescinding of the order banning individuals from seven countries with Muslim majorities from entering the United States for 90 days.David G. Sylvester, PhD
Principal, King’s University College
January 31, 2017
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, of which King’s belongs, expresses its strong opposition to the Executive Order signed by President Donald J. Trump concerning U.S. immigration policy.
UC supports Prime Minister Trudeau’s statement that Canada will continue to welcome those “fleeing persecution, terror and war” regardless of faith and affirming that “diversity is our strength”.
The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, on behalf of Canada’s 91,000 faculty and graduate students in the humanities and social sciences, expresses its grave concern about U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order to bar people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days, and his suspension of all refugee admissions to the U.S for 120 days.
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada shares many of the same
concerns as expressed by Universities Canada regarding the devastating implications that these
new restrictions will have on refugees
Western is adding its voice to those of universities across North America expressing grave concern regarding the recent executive order banning individuals from seven countries with Muslim majorities from entering the United States for 90 days.