President Donald Trump's travel ban creates problems for Tulane students

Updated: Jul. 5, 2018 at 11:43 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Tulane University's Office of International Students and Scholars said about 25 students, faculty and staff have been affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban, according to Director Kristy Magner.

Most of the individuals are PhD students from Iran. The students who hold valid student or exchange visitor visas can leave and re-enter the United States.

However, university leaders said travelling abroad is a risk, especially if they need to renew their visa.

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Tulane is offering free immigration consultation to the students affected by the ban.

"Having a global community at Tulane provides all of us the opportunity to better understand the world and our place in it," Magner said.

One student wanted to travel home once his PhD is complete in July, but he is only available for a student visa.

"Now my only option is to wait until I have a green card to be able to go back and visit my family. So basically I was hoping to see my family within a year, and now I have no idea when I will be able to do so," he said.

The ban has also had an impact on job searches for the students who are looking to move to the international market.

Another student was stuck for five weeks in the Democratic Republic of Congo while his visa processed. His parents were also denied a visa to attend his graduation.

Mike Fitts, president of the university said international students are a vital part of Tulane.

"Tulane joins presidents of the Association of American Universities and higher education leaders throughout the country in expressing profound dismay over the restrictions imposed by the Trump administration for travelers from certain countries," Fitts stated.

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Trump's ban last week.

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