Opposition to President Trump's Executive Orders 13769 and 13780 Restricting Travel to the U.S.A. From Several Predominantly Muslim Countries1
That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) affirm its commitment to uphold the right to education for all CSU students regardless of their national origin and religious beliefs; and be it further
That the ASCSU support the right to employment for all CSU faculty and staff regardless of their national origin and religious beliefs; and be it further
That the ASCSU strongly condemn President Trump’s Executive Order 13769, signed on January 27th, 2017, and its successor Executive Order 13780 signed on March 6th, 2017; and be it further
That the ASCSU deplore any disruption of research, employment and education of CSU faculty and students as a result of this executive order; and be it further
RESOLVED: That the ASCSU recognize that the Chancellor of California State University has opposed Executive Order 137692 and call upon him to condemn its successor Executive Order 13780, to communicate to the President of the United States and the Congressional representatives from California the deep dismay of CSU faculty at the disruptive impact of the above executive orders on research, employment and education of CSU faculty and students, and to call for the rescission of Executive Order 13780; and be it further
That the ASCSU urge the Chancellor’s Office to support legal challenges to the revised version of the executive order by providing information to the courts on the severe and irreparable damage these executive orders will do to our educational system; and be it further
That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Senate Chairs, CSU Provosts/Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, California Faculty Association (CFA), California State Student Association (CSSA), CSU Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (CSUERFA), Academic Senate for the California Community Colleges, Academic Senate of the University of California, California Community Colleges’ Board of Governors, University of California Board of Regents, California Governor Jerry Brown, and California Congressional delegation.
RATIONALE: On January 27, 2017 President Trump signed Executive Order 13769, which barred the entry into the United States of all refugees for 120 days and suspended visas to all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia for 90 days. The Executive Order indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from coming to the United States, escaping violence, war, and suffering. Following swift and wide-ranging court challenges to legality and constitutionality of the executive order, the administration generated a new draft, which was signed by the President on March 6, 2017. While trying to use a language more amicable to the US laws to avoid legal challenges, the revised executive order still discriminates against a large number of immigrants and visa seekers based on their national origin and religious beliefs, including a large number of the CSU faculty and students. As AAUP has put it, “It’s still a ban. It’s still exclusionary. It’s still aimed at Muslim-majority countries. And it still has a chilling effect on academic freedom and the movement of people and ideas.”3 As such, the Executive Order undermines the commitment of California State University to the principles of academic freedom and diversity, and stands in the way of the flow of intellectual and cultural exchanges between our university and other nations. It undercuts the core mission of our university of global engagement. Moreover, any reciprocal ban by foreign governments on US visitors threatens to disrupt the plans of our students and faculty to study, teach, and do field research in other countries.
This Executive Order fuels a national climate of intolerance, bigotry, and hatred, manifested in the recent wave of anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate crimes including murders, assaults and vandalism.
Approved Without Dissent – March 16-17, 2017