CORVALLIS, OR -- Oregon State University officials are responding to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries with high rates of terrorism. OSU President Ed Ray issued a statement Monday telling faculty, staff and students the school will remain a sanctuary university.
Questions remain about the future of undocumented students and their families, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students, and how federal policies will affect funding for public research institutions like Oregon State. In the memo, President Ray said he is "angry and disappointed" over the executive order. He also outlines anxiety the order is causing for refugees, immigrants and those with green cards.
OSU Vice President of Public Relations Steve Clark says this is not a political statement. “If the government is going to implement policies, they need to do those with much greater detail.” He adds, "Beyond that, what we sought to do was inform our community as to services that the university can provide and our continuance of being a sanctuary university."
Over the next few weeks, Clark says the university will hold education sessions, “To inform people to provide them knowledge of where they can go for resources, to allow them to know what the university can and cannot do.”