President of Iranian Student Association Omid Kamran-Disfani spoke at the rally about the immigration ban. “I am, more than anything, heartbroken,” he said.

By Ian Nickens, 23News executive

The Coalition of Graduate Workers held a rally Wednesday supporting MU international students, following President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

CGW plans to hold a rally every Wednesday to raise awareness of how international students are affected by President Trump’s policies.

President of the Iranian Students Association Omid Kamran-Disfani spoke at the event. He says that there is no logic or basis to the ban because not a single immigrant from any of the countries on the ban list has killed an American in a terror attack.

CGW Chair Eric Scott told the crowd that one of the best ways to support their international peers was to call their representatives in Congress and let them know how they feel about the ban. The Graduate Professionals Council set up an area in the Student Center where students could contact their representative in Congress.

CGW also asked students and staff to sign a letter that will be sent to interim Chancellor Hank Foley. The letter asks Foley to support MU’s international students, inform them of their legal rights and refrain from punishing faculty and staff who are unable to return to MU as a result of the immigration ban.

The Office of the Chancellor sent out a mass email to the student body after the immigration was first announced. In it, Foley said that he and other administrators were working with education advocacy groups in Washington D.C. in order to keep international students safe at the university. He also offered emotional support to students who were personally affected by the ban. CGW says in its letter that it would like to help MU administration protect international students in any way it can.

Edited by Aviva Okeson-Haberman | arodn9@mail.missouri.edu 

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