Cornell Law School is a global community made up of students, alumni, faculty, and staff of every conceivable background. We hail from dozens of countries. We are Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, atheists, and more. I myself am the child of a refugee. My wife was born abroad. As I am sure many of you did, I spent the weekend having anxious conversations with family and friends.
No members of our community were detained as a result of Friday's order, but the suddenness of the order and the confusion accompanying its roll-out has generated anxiety that has reverberated well beyond those immediately affected by it. As we struggle to understand the scope of Friday's order, I want to assure you that the Law School stands ready to support our students, faculty and staff. As you can see from President Rawlings's email, the Law School has been working closely with the University to monitor and address the evolving situation. The Law School is blessed with several faculty with deep expertise in the area of immigration law, and we have offered to assist Cornell students worldwide who might be affected.
It is more important than ever that the entire Law School community reaffirm our commitment to our core values of inclusion and global engagement. Communities like ours-diverse across a broad range of categories and committed to respectful engagement across that diversity-are all too rare. Our sense of community is a precious achievement in a country that seems so divided across these same categories. But that sense is also a fragile one that requires our constant effort to sustain.
Please check the Vice Provost for International Affairs’ webpage for updates, information and resources relating to the recent Executive Order on Immigration and its impacts on students, faculty or staff at Cornell.