The recent executive order restricting travel into the US has undoubtedly affected many international students at Cornell. The Cornell Administration compiled a list of resources to provide real help for these students. Cornell Administration stands in solidarity with ALL its students! The union can do little to help. From the AFT website: “While we cannot provide case-by-case legal assistance, we will provide resources about the entry ban, who it affects, what those affected should expect, how to connect to legal assistance in your area and how to organize to fight against these bigoted actions.”
Below are real resources provided by Cornell.
- Travel assistance: For graduate students with travel plans, remember that Cornell provides a free assistance program to all students, faculty, and staff traveling on university business 100 miles or more away from campus. Cornell’s vendor, UHC Global Assistance, provides referrals for legal counsel for travel-related entry issues,
emergency evacuation assistance, medical referrals worldwide, and travel assistance in emergency situations. Sign up through Cornell’s travel registry and carry the United Healthcare Global ID card with you when you travel.
- Assistance for international students not permitted to return: If you are an international student traveling abroad and are not permitted to return to the U.S., call the ISSO at 607-255-5243 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST). During non-business hours, call the Cornell Police at 607-255-1111. The Cornell Police will notify an ISSO staff member immediately.
- Individual case management:ISSO is working with Congressional staff directly on individual case-management issues related to visas and entry to the US.
- Legal assistance:Clinical faculty at Cornell Law School will provide – without charge – legal assistance to Cornell students who are denied visas under the Executive Order of Friday, January 27. Specifically, Cornell Law School faculty will consult with those students about their legal options, represent them if they need to seek waivers from the Order’s restrictions, and make themselves available by telephone during student arrivals at U.S. ports of entry.
- Advocacy:Senator Feinstein (CA) has introduced a Senate bill that would rescind the Friday, January 27 Executive Order. Cornell federal relations team will be encouraging NY Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to cosponsor and support this Senate bill.
- Direct action: If you would like to express your views to US Congressional Representatives and Senators, we provide a guide on how to contact these government officials by phone, email, and through social media.
- Collective action: To expand the power of our institutional voice, Cornell is working with several of our associations to address these issues, particularly
- Association of American Universities (AAU)
- Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
- International Coffee Hour this week: On Thursday, February 2, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Big Red Barn, ISSO, Graduate School, University Health Services, and others will be there to talk with students about recent events, describe support and resources available to international students, and hear from you about your concerns so we can develop future programs and resources to address your needs. Watch for more specific information this week from ISSO.