Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

2 W.Va. Colleges Appear on Letter to US Homeland Security

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

2 W.Va. Colleges Appear on Letter to US Homeland Security

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Nearly 600 college presidents from across the country joined in sending a letter on Friday to the new U.S. Homeland Security secretary to express their concerns over the immigration executive order. The order, which was soon blocked by a federal judge from taking full effect, prevented people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. It also suspended admission of all refugees for at least 120 days and from Syria indefinitely.

Two colleges from the Mountain State appeared on the list - West Virginia University and West Virginia State University.

"We take seriously the need to safeguard our nation and also the need for the United States to remain the destination of choice for the world's best and brightest students, faculty, and scholars, the letter reads. "International exchange is a core value and strength of American higher education. …

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