Statements in response to the U.S. executive order

February 2nd, 2017

Both UBC and the Canadian Political Science Association have issued responses to the recent US executive order on immigration. Full Details Below.

Statement in response to U.S. executive order
Santa Ono, UBC President

The University of British Columbia is deeply concerned about a new executive order signed by President Trump on Friday preventing individuals from seven countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days. We are especially concerned about the effect of the executive order on some UBC students, faculty and staff, as well as other scholars in Canada, the U.S., and around the world.

Therefore, I have established a task force, headed by Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President International pro tem Pam Ratner and including representatives from across the university and from both campuses, to determine what assistance the university can offer those affected.

The task force, with an initial budget of $250,000.00, will begin its work immediately.

We will also work closely with the provincial and federal governments, responsible agencies and community groups and other universities across Canada, through Universities Canada, to respond to this unfolding situation.

UBC strongly affirms that it will continue to welcome students, faculty and staff from around the world, including those seeking refuge from violence and hardship. Along with the other members of Universities Canada, we support Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent statement that Canada will continue to welcome those fleeing persecution, terror and war regardless of faith and affirming that diversity is our strength.

UBC’s academic strength and stature depends upon the freedom of our faculty, staff and students to travel abroad for purposes of scholarship and study and upon our ability to welcome the most talented individuals from around the world to our campuses. Actions that restrict this movement based on a person’s nationality or birthplace go against our values as a university.

We will continue to monitor developments and will keep the university community informed of the task force’s deliberations and actions.

In the meantime, students, faculty, staff and other members of the UBC community with concerns about the implications and effects of President Trump’s executive order should contact Adel el Zaim at 604-827-4140 or


CPSA Statement on US Executive Order (Immigration)

The Canadian Political Science Association is deeply concerned with the executive order that was issued on Friday, January 27, 2017. The executive order bans entry into the United States for 90 days for travelers with citizenship from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen and bans travelers from Syria indefinitely.

Academic freedom is fostered through the exchange of knowledge and relies on conference travel, workshop participation, research partnerships, and conducting field work. This order has serious and immediate consequences for faculty and students travelling to the United States. Those who are denied entry now face strong barriers to pursuing their work. Our membership is diverse and includes faculty and students who are residents, refugees, dual citizens, and international students. These members make valuable contributions to their universities and the discipline of political science. The CPSA affirms its commitment to academic freedom and joins Universities Canada and the American Association of Universities in requesting that this ban “end as quickly as possible.”