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Message from Associate Vice Provost Charles Bankart regarding Supreme Court Decision on Trump Executive Order

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order in response to the U.S. government's appeal of two lower courts’ decisions that had blocked President Trump's March 6 executive order banning travel from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, and suspending the U.S. refugee program for 120 days. In agreeing to hear the case, the Supreme Court allowed limited portions of the travel ban to go into effect while it waits to hear arguments in the case in October.

The Supreme Court’s order is here.

As regards those limits, the Supreme Court statement made it clear that the administration cannot block entry to the U.S. if individuals have “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S.” The Supreme Court specifically stated that students from the designated countries who have been admitted to a university, employees who work for an American company, and lecturers invited to address an American audience have such a relationship (with a U.S. entity).

At this point, we do not anticipate issues for our newly admitted or currently enrolled international students. We also believe that all international employees and visiting scholars at KU will be unaffected by the Court’s ruling. These groups all have a bona fide relationship with a U.S. entity (The University of Kansas). Our understanding is that because of this relationship they have permission to come to the U.S., to return to the U.S. after taking a vacation or work/study travel abroad, and to stay in the U.S. under the terms of their lawful immigration status to continue their programs or work. KU students, employees, and visiting scholars also should still be able to renew their visa if they travel home and need to do so.

Out of an abundance of caution, however, it is important to remember that the interpretation and application of this ruling is untested. It remains to be seen how U.S. embassies and ports of entry will interpret and apply this rule.  We will provide more information to you as soon as we have it.  If you have any specific questions that you would like answered please contact International Programs. The International Programs website will be the best and quickest source for information on this matter.

We share your concern about these policies and practices, our doors are always open, and we are here to support you and our international community members. Please let us know immediately if you or any of your students, employees, or visiting scholars are adversely affected by yesterday’s court action. We will work to help resolve issues, and use the information to ensure we are appropriately informing others.


Charles Bankart, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost, International Programs

Courtesy Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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