United States President Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim immigration policy which attracted widespread condemnation has thrown to gear what any arrival in a foreign country most fear: hostility.

Universities in the United States now have the additional task of convincing foreign students that America is ‘safe’ and that anti-immigrant rhetoric is only temporary.

Despite universities assuring safety to students, the political scene playing out day after day will expectantly deteriorate the situation in the country, causing a rippling effect in other sectors.

“We know many members of the global community are… concerned about the new policies,” Duke University stated in an Email sent to an Indian student who had applied for engineering management programme.

“The president of our university sent out a similar message to us, international students, on the campus. He told us how the university will always be a place for people of different cultures to come together and engage in dialogue,” TOI quoted a student as saying.

Institutions like the University of Michigan and Northeastern University have also sent similar Emails to foreign students.

President Trump’s executive order on immigration bans immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

First Published | 4 February 2017 9:45 AM
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