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March 7, 2017

AAA Statement on Revised Travel Ban

This morning, we learned that a new presidential executive order affecting travel by members of the international community has been issued. The order issued today does not differ in spirit from the order issued in January even as there are differences in certain respects.

Effective March 16, 2017, a 90-day ban on issuing new visas for individuals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will take effect. Iraq has been removed from the list of covered nations. Additionally, U.S. permanent residents, as well as individuals from the affected countries who already have visas or who obtain visas prior to March 16, will not be affected.

Regardless of these changes, this news remains deeply concerning. We urge our anthropology colleagues and students from these six nations seeking resources and information to continue consulting with appropriate advisers on an individual basis about the implications of travel.  In addition, many colleges and universities are providing more general expert guidance that might be useful.  Our office will be following developments closely, and circulating updated information and resources as they become available.

The Association continues to do everything in its power to support all members. We are proud to be a welcoming organizational home to anthropologists from around the world, and we believe strongly in the world as a global community, in the protection of human rights, and the principles of academic freedom. Those values are core to our identity and will not change.

Read the American Anthropological Association's previous statement on the Executive Order and click here to access additional resources. 

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