Graduate Center Statement on Saira Rafiee

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Graduate Center Statement on Saira Rafiee

New York, Jan. 30, 2017 – The following statement is attributable to Lori Duggan Gold, Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at the Graduate Center, CUNY:

“Along with most Americans, colleagues at other universities, and likeminded advocates around the globe, we are closely monitoring the effects of the presidential executive order. The ban undermines the freedom that enriches scholarship and the Graduate Center, an academic institution with global reach.

We support immigration and visa-related policies that uphold the flow of ideas and people around the world. Today, our top concern is for our student Saira Rafiee (Political Science), who was refused re-entry to the United States this weekend. 

We continue to work closely with the CUNY Chancellor's office and U.S. authorities to ensure the well-being of all members of our community.”


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Submitted on: JAN 29, 2017

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