Trump travel ban leaves U.S. colleges bracing for impact

When news of President Donald Trump's travel ban reached Saba Abuzaid, her mind went first to her green card-holding mother and second to her ailing grandmother. It's been a while since the sophomore at Russell Sage, a women's college in Troy, has had to worry about travel abroad. Her family came to the U.S. from Yemen in 2010, leaving behind extended family members like her grandmother, and worked hard to gain their citizenship. Seven years later, a visit to her homeland to see sick or long-lost relatives is out of the question for Abuzaid, at least for the time being. "When we were applying to come here, America felt like a land of opportunity, a land of freedom," she said. "These days, I don't know how to feel." Colleges and universities across the U.S. are worried. While a ruling late Friday by a federal judge temporarily suspends Trump's executive order — which would bar travel into the U.S. for 90 days by people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — his administration is working to restore the measure. It impacts about 17,000 students nationwide who are potentially stranded here until the order is lifted or expires. Meanwhile, international students who aren't targeted by the rule say they're scared to leave the U.S. when school's out for fear the ban will be expanded or extended just as suddenly as it was instated on Jan. 27. But it's the long-term impact on international enrollment and relations that has the higher education world on edge. The ability to travel back home when they please is an important factor when students decide to study abroad, officials say. The ban and its limits — perceived or real — threaten to scare prospective foreign students away, they say. "If international students see America as an unwelcoming place, then they will certainly look elsewhere to study abroad," said Brian Belanger, director of the Center for International Programs and a friar at Siena College in Loudonville. "No one...

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