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Travel Ban Statement

On January 27th, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning citizens from several predominantly Muslim countries from gaining entry to the United States. Since then, the travel ban has been widely protested with its constitutionality frequently coming into question. As of June 26th, 2018, the United States Supreme Court has determined that the third, and most recent, iteration of President Trump’s travel ban is constitutional. In the majority opinion, written by Chief Justice Roberts, the Court claims that the ban is not about religious discrimination, rather it’s premised specifically on our vetting practices for individuals that cannot be adequately screened before entering the United States. The ban continues to allow the student (F and M) and exchange visitor (J) visas from Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, although the number of student visas issued to citizens of these countries has significantly decreased over the last couple years. 

Drake University welcomes and supports all members of our community, regardless of country of origin. Our students have enriched this campus on many levels, and our ability to support and help outstanding students from around the world is a critical aspect of providing a world-class education. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the travel ban, please contact Carlyn Marron, our Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services, at or (+1) 515-271-2084.

Full Text of 6/26/2018 Supreme Court Decision

Includes majority opinion, written by Chief Justice Roberts, and the dissent, written by Justice Sotomayor.

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