January 31, 2017
Supporting All Members of the Baruch College Community
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
President Trump’s Executive Orders banning immigration from seven Islamic countries on Friday is an affront to the basic values that the vast majority of Americans hold dear. We are, after all, a nation of immigrants—and this city, perhaps more than any other, has thrived because of its constantly changing and growing immigrant populations. Moreover, the mission of The City University of New York, and especially its early precursor, the Free Academy, which stood on the site of what is now Baruch College’s Field Building at 17 Lexington Avenue, is in large part to serve the academic needs of this striving immigrant population. So we are determined that Baruch College will continue to be a safe and nurturing place for ALL of our students, faculty, and staff to study and work.
I am able to report that a search of CUNY’s records by the office of Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita C. Rabinowitz has revealed that there are 120 students from the seven countries covered in the Executive Order currently studying at the University, and we are unaware of any currently enrolled Baruch students who are stranded and unable to re-enter the United States.
Baruch stands firmly with the position reiterated yesterday by Chancellor Milliken that sought to reassure and support our community during this challenging time. While the Federal courts have issued a nationwide, temporary injunction to block the deportation of all people who are currently stranded at U.S. airports, there are also various kinds of support that the College can offer at the local level. If you have concerns or specific questions, or would like free, confidential support, there are several resources available on campus or through CUNY. I want, in particular, to urge those who may have concerns about their immigration status to make use of the free services available to you, including:
We advise that all members of the Baruch community who could be subject to these travel restrictions be extremely cautious and careful in deciding to make plans to travel outside the U.S. at this time. We recommend that you seek legal advice before doing so. Finally, let me reiterate that Baruch College remains committed to maintaining an open, safe, and healthy campus environment for all.
Mitchel B. Wallerstein