We, the undersigned faculty of the Department of Translation & Interpreting Studies of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, state our unequivocal condemnation of the immigration and travel ban enacted by President Trump on January 27, 2017, and affirm our support for our students affected by it.
Graduate students in our department are citizens of the countries affected by this executive order; others are citizens of other Muslim-majority countries of the Middle East. All of these students were invited to join our department because their applications stood out from others. They are full members of our department: teaching assistants, scholars, and friends. They belong here. The travel restriction interferes with their work as intellectuals and with their freedom of movement as people.
We likewise affirm our support for the many other affected students, faculty, and staff throughout the UW System and across the country, and we call on our university leadership to speak out in support of them.