Protect Data of International Community at OSU
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We, the undersigned members of Ohio State University’s students, alumni, staff, and faculty, are deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s Executive Order which bars the citizens of seven Middle-eastern countries from entry for 90 days and suspends refugees for at least 120 days. We hereby call on the leadership of Ohio State University to make a statement that it:
1) Will not share sensitive information - such as immigration status - of its international community with the Federal government, except for when explicitly required to do so by law;
2) Will ensure that Ohio State University’s campus police will not partner with federal, state, or other local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law unless explicitly forced to do so by law, nor record nor inquire about its students’ immigration status while performing their duties.
On January 28, 2017, the leadership of the University of Michigan adopted the above positions to protect its international community, and companies across Silicon Valley also made clear their position on protecting their employees from this Executive Order.
We must similarly protect Ohio State University’s international community - not just those from the seven targeted nations - whose talented scientists, engineers, artists, and sportspeople frequently overcome significant adversity to study, work, and collaborate with us and make fundamental contributions to the success of our institution. Furthermore, by specifically targeting immigrant and nonimmigrant citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations, this Executive Order stands in stark contrast with Ohio State University’s Nondiscrimination Policy, which prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, or religion.
While the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 casts doubts on the legality of the EO’s application to legal permanent residents, it would not invalidate restrictions against persons on student visas (e.g. F/J) or temporary worker visas (e.g. H1-B). This underscores both the vulnerability of members of Ohio State University’s international community, as well as the urgency for action to protect their rights.
We strongly urge Ohio State University to protect the safety, privacy, and values of its international community by adopting the above positions and making the above statement.
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