UT Urges Immigrant Faculty and Students to Avoid Mexican Border and Not Travel Overseas

AUSTIN — The University of Texas at Austin is telling staff and students from the seven countries affected by Donald Trump's immigration travel ban to avoid the Mexican border."We're telling citizens of the seven affected countries that they shouldn't travel at this point," said UT-Austin spokesman J.B. Bird. "We're also instructing students not to go near the Mexican border because there are checkpoints near the border."Bird said the school's recommendation not to approach the border was made out of "an abundance of caution." The Dallas Morning News has reached out to several campuses on or near the border to ask if they, too, are telling potentially affected students and staff the same, but none so far has responded.UT-Austin's response is just one way Texas colleges and universities are reacting to Trump's executive order issued Friday afternoon. The order, which temporarily bans entry to the U.S. for citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries, has lead to widespread confusion and concern as hundreds of refugees, green-card holders and other immigrants were detained at airports across the country.  Continue reading...

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