University officials push back on US travel ban


You this week president trump is expected to announce an expansion of his controversial travel ban that prohibits nearly all people from selected countries from traveling to or immigrating to the United States the original travel ban was one of Mr trump's first initiatives upon taking office in focus primarily on Muslim majority countries it took years of court challenges before it was finally up held this latest iteration is focused on a range of countries NPR has confirmed that the seven countries expected to be added to the band are Nigeria Sudan Tanzania Eritrea Kyrgyzstan Myanmar and Belarus indeed some of the countries listed are known for having high visa overstay rates but some of these countries also sends many students to American colleges and universities particularly historically black colleges and universities are H. B. C. use we want to get more perspective on this so we've called on David Wilson he is the president of Morgan state university that's a historically black university in Baltimore Maryland president Wilson thank you so much for joining us I'm a show this is really an honor to talk with you about this so first can I just get your thoughts on the initial travel ban and the reporting that this band is being expanded to the countries that I just named how do you react react to this well when the initial travel ban was proposed we had a quite a few international students of Morgan who were very long and concerned and so my first thought was to pool I international community together to let them know of course that we have one big umbrella at Morgan and everyone fits under that umbrella and so they were very very pleased to hear that but of course you know they were very concerned about what it meant for the continued state in the United States at Morgan we held a roughly ten percent of our nearly eight thousand students SO it Morgan who are international representing sixty countries and of that ten percent about twenty percent of those students are from Nigeria and we have had very very strong ties with the entire continent of Africa for decades not only Morgan but many H. B. C. use the Washington post wrote a feature about Morgan state a couple of months ago and it cited that of foreign students as as an important part of the university's continued stability and growth and I'll just quote here from the peace the peace that foreign students especially from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are a booming demographic H. B. C. use at Morgan seven hundred thirty eight international students were enrolled in the fall of twenty eighteen are from two hundred and eighty six in two thousand six and the reporter says that the students often pay full tuition a monetary boost for schools that often serve students from low income families relying on financial aid is that true is that many of your international students do pay full tuition that is true and this is been a conscious effort on our part to increase our brand on the international stage we have actually done that very fair well and we're bringing the world to market and a domestic students really appreciate the fact that we have all the different cultures on our campus international students feel very very welcome on the campus to fill that Morgan is a place where they belong and so when I heard the proposed ban that had Nigeria and it I understand that I had a senior administrative a team in Africa they just returned yesterday looking at how we could actually partner with a couple of existing African universities took a number two or three Morgan state to Greece there and so this was really devastating for us to hear and so I don't know who is really advising the administration on some of the policies and I don't know what the motives are but I just don't think this is really good for higher education in America in general and is definitely not good for H. 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C. use before you go I'm we've discussed the fact that many of these international students come with full funding whether it's individual whether it's through foundation support or funds within their countries they're interested in supporting their education is overseas but what benefit would you say it is to the United States to have these international students studying here it is fun of enormous importance to help the students when I campuses because first of all we send a belt with seven hundred fifty thousand or so students every year to study abroad that's a small fraction of all the students when I campuses and therefore you have no ninety five percent or so of all students in American colleges not being expose perhaps to the kind of cultures that exist around the world so when we are able to bring these international students from all walks of the world to our campuses it really in Abel's domestic students on many of whom I have never gone outside of the country to be in environments now with the understand different cultures the understand different histories of the world the engage in robust discussion and debate and everybody wins and when you cut that off I just fear of four which really will happen with regard to our students being in environments where they can go to the cafeteria and sit and at that table you know they have you know five countries represented this David Wilson he's president of Morgan state university that's in a strictly black university in Baltimore Maryland president Wilson thank you so much for talking to us today Michelle thank you for

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