After Trump order, NM colleges, universities urge affected students not to leave country

At least three four-year universities in New Mexico are telling international students affected by President Trump’s controversial executive order affecting immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries to not leave the United States. The University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology formally instructed international students from any of the seven countries to not travel outside the U.S. in the near future. Trump’s executive order temporarily bars those from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the country. “Citizens of those countries, who wish to return to the US, should not plan to travel abroad at this time,” UNM wrote in a news release Monday. In his weekly letter to students and faculty, UNM Acting President Chaouki Abdallah noted that Trump’s order affects “more than 100 individuals in the UNM community.” On Sunday, NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers made a similar call to his students. “At this time, we advise any NMSU student, faculty or staff member who are citizens of these countries not to leave the United States, even if you are a permanent resident of the United States, because it is unclear when you might be able to return,” Carruthers, a former Republican governor of New Mexico, wrote in an email to students on Sunday. Trump’s order affects 65 NMSU students, according to university spokeswoman Minerva Baumann. Forty-nine of them hail from Iran while nine are from Libya, four are from Iraq and three are from Yemen. New Mexico Tech President Stephen Wells took his warnings to students affected by Trump’s ban a step further, advising them to not only not travel outside the country, but also avoid immigration check points in the southern part of the state. “Do not travel near border areas for the next several months,” Wells wrote Monday in a...

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