Menlo College’s Reply to Trump’s Executive Order

To the Menlo College Community –

The executive order that President Trump signed last week regarding refugees and immigration has created confusion and concern around the world.  Although we have no students who are from the countries targeted with the order (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen), I write today to assure this community that Menlo College stands strongly with all of its students and employees regardless of their immigration status.

We value our students no matter their background or immigration status, and historical moments like this one offer an opportunity to clarify that commitment.  We will continue to create a community that is welcoming and supportive to all.

I recently signed the national statement in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our undocumented immigrant students.  That statement has since garnered the signatures of more than 500 other college presidents.  In the statement, we emphasized the benefits of this program for our students and we urged the new administration to protect, uphold, and expand its protections for our students.

The word I hear often about what is happening in the world today is “unprecedented.”  With precedent or not, Menlo College will continue to be a bright spot in the world, and I look forward to continuing to build our community together.

Richard A. Moran, Ph.D.
Menlo College