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ONLINE: SUNY Student Assembly Statement on Trump executive order

Sun, Jan 29th 2017 09:35 am

 State University of New York Student Assembly created a statement concerning President Donald Trump's controversial executive order barring refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. 

This executive order has prompted protests at international airports, as demonstrators await the release of detainees, detained in response to the orders. Green card holders were also included in the ban. The countries include: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan and Libya. The Rochester Institute of Technology which you can find here.

Here is the statement:

"Student Assembly President Marc J. Cohen, the Executive Committee of the Student Assembly, and campus student government presidents came together to speak out against the discriminatory executive order issued by the President of the United States.

"The President's Executive Order halting the legal immigration and free movement of refugees and citizens of several Muslim-majority countries to enter our own, a country of immigrants, is discriminatory and wrong. We, the elected leaders from across the 64 campuses of largest system of public colleges and universities in the country, stand united in our shame of this hateful decision.

"The President's decision will stall progress on critical research, will prevent students from pursuing their education, and will forever leave a stain on the reputation of the values held dearly by this nation. Let us remind you, Mr. President, of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty: 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.'

"Let us assure you, Mr. President, that these words are not empty. We will fight for justice and equality, and for the most fundamental freedoms that define American greatness. If you try to divide us, you will fail. If you attempt to discriminate, you will fail. If you seek to portray our incredible diversity as anything other than a strength, you will fail. Progress will always prevail."