UCSB faculty members have expressed their opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“This is a policy that is completely antithetical to the mission of the university,” said David T. Schulman, dean of the College of Education and the author of a statement issued Friday.
“The university is committed to welcoming and supporting all of its students, faculty, and staff,” he said.
“This order is neither consistent with that commitment nor serves the university’s core mission.
We stand ready to assist the university as necessary.”
Schulman cited a “deeply disturbing trend” in which some universities have “reached for extremes to achieve their ideological ends” and that such actions are contrary to “our basic principles of freedom of expression and the right to be left alone to learn.”
“The policies proposed in the executive order are not in the best interests of our campus, our faculty, or our students,” he wrote.
“I urge all of our faculty members and staff to stand together and resist the policies and procedures in this executive order.”
Trump signed the order on Friday, citing terrorism as a reason for the suspension of visas.
His executive order also includes an order banning people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days.
The order has been widely criticized as discriminatory against Muslims.