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ASN issues a statement regarding the Executive Order Restricting Travel

February 02, 2017 Lisa Koriouchkina

The Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) expresses deep concerns about the Executive Order #13769, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” signed on January 27, 2017. The Executive Order temporarily suspends entry of citizens of seven countries to the United States, significantly limits the admission of refugees, and indefinitely suspends the entry of Syrian nationals as refugees.

The ASN is a scholarly association devoted to the promotion of knowledge and understanding of ethnicity, ethnic conflict, and nationalism studies broadly defined. Our organization brings scholars, students, educators, and analysts from all over the world to engage in discussions and intellectual collaboration about issues that are of importance, among other things, to U.S. foreign policy and understanding of global politics. The Executive Order significantly impedes the spirit of this endeavor.

By prohibiting people of specific nationalities from coming to the United States, the Order stifles academic exchange, disrupts intellectual dialogue, and generates uncertainty and fears. We stand together with a number of professional organizations that have openly opposed the new regulation (AAA, ASA, APSA, ISA among many others). The ASN strongly urges President Trump to rescind this order.

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