President Carol Folt released a letter to the USC community showing support for international students, faculty and staff after President Donald Trump temporarily suspended certain visas to the United States Monday afternoon.
Folt clarified that this executive order does not affect current visa holders and that the university will be in contact with individuals who are directly affected. The executive order could affect future USC staff, faculty, and graduate students.
“I want to express my strong disagreement with these changes. Our international community is welcome at USC, and they have been vital to our success since our founding,” Folt’s statement read.
According to Trump, this executive order is meant to reduce competition in the job market and decrease the U.S. unemployment rate, which skyrocketed from 3.5% to nearly 15% earlier this year due to COVID-19. It currently sits at 13.3%.
In her statement, Folt said the university has advocated for non-immigrant visas in the past and will continue to work with the federal government and other universities to protect USC’s international community.
In April, Trump instated a 60-day ban on immigration which was set to expire on Monday. The new executive order affects individuals requesting non-immigrant, temporary work visas, and goes into effect on Wednesday.