SEMO President speaks out on Trump's travel, immigration ban

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri University estimates there 12 to 15 students attending the university who are originally from the countries affected by the travel and immigration ban which President Trump signed into effect last week.

The executive order has suspended entry into the United States from the countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days.

Following the signing President Vargas sent out the following letter to all students.

To Southeast faculty, staff, and students,

The university president also met with reporters to discuss what this means for SEMO.

"We wanted to reassure the students that we were going to do our best and work with them to answer questions and help them understand as much as we can the latitude that the have," Vargas said.

He also praised the community for excepting international students and helping them through this time.

"There's a lot of really close relationships that have been generated so I think that…. That kind of relationship will be very helpful in helping those students deal with this situation at this point"

Vargas also plans meeting with all of the students to discuss what they need him to do to help.

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