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Demand that Trump rescind travel ban for Muslims

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We, the undersigned faculty and staff at the Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, condemn the actions of President Trump in establishing an Executive Order barring individuals from entering the USA from seven Muslim-majority nations. The Executive Order is not consistent with the values and principles of this country.

This country was founded on the principle of welcoming immigrants. The Statue of Liberty is emblematic of this principle. We are a country of immigrants. Immigrants are central to our vibrant culture and have enabled this country to be successful in so many ways.  We have benefited immeasurably from the diversity of ideas as well as the technical, cultural, and linguistic insights brought by immigrants.

Academic scholarship depends on the free and open exchange of ideas. Universities depend on immigrant and non-citizen scholars for their contributions to research. The ability of our scholars to attend international conferences is important for productive research.

The Executive Order has had a disruptive impact on many CSU students and faculty, jeopardizing their education, work, and well-being. International students enrich the quality of education for all our students by providing diversity of experiences.

It is a fundamental principle enshrined in the Constitution that we shall not discriminate on the basis of religion. The Executive Order is in direct contradiction to this fundamental belief. In trying to protect us from terrorists, we may, in fact, be making Americans less safe --- both abroad and at home.

We call upon all of you to act in accordance with the spirit and with the convictions of the judiciary and pressure President Trump to rescind his Executive Order barring Muslims from the seven designated countries. We call upon all of you to pressure Congress to pass legislation overturning the Executive Order. Finally, we call upon the CSU to make known its unequivocal opposition to the Executive Order and to provide legal support for affected students and faculty.

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