GMU Campus Attitude On Trump’s Immigration Policy

On January 27, 2017, exactly a week after the United States has inaugurated a new president of the United States, President Donald Trump signed the Executive Order 13769 or the Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. The media would call it Trump’s immigration ban. This order has barred people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States; namely: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. It also bans all refugees for 120 days and Syrian refugees indefinitely. Visitors and workers from these countries were barred and it also revoked more than 100,000 visas for foreigners inside and outside the United States. The immigration ban also greatly affected students, who were enrolled in American institutions during the 2015-16. The students from those mentioned Muslim countries were mostly affected. As a response, certain industrial companies reacted and university and college administrators also issued the statements regarding the issue.
In January 30, the president of George Mason University (GMU), Angel Cabrera issued her statement that reflected the voice of the whole GMU Campus regarding the immigration ban ordered by President Trump. President Cabrera said that he is deeply concerned with the new executive order. He mentioned how the university has reached out to the immigrant students from those mentioned countries and asked them to “exercise caution and restrict travel outside of the U.S” (Cabrera, 2017). Although this statement of the university president may mirror the sentiments of everyone in George Mason, this paper further explores the attitude of the GMU employees and students regarding Trump’s immigration ban. The paper also cites important news articles collected during the research process to relate them with the views, thoughts, and feelings of the people around the university.

Dreamer Detained
In March 4, CNN reported about a case of Daniela Vargas in Mississippi. Vargas, a 22-year-old undocumented citizen, was detained following her media appearance and news conference. Vargas joined her brother and father as they also illegally overstayed after their coverage for the Visa waiver program expired. Vargas first came to the US when she was only 7 and since became part of the Visa waiver program. With Trump’s immigration ban, however, Vargas and her family are facing deportation without even having the chance to a court hearing. The Vargas family hailed from Argentina. Vargas’ mother is hiding for fear of her identity as well.
This pressing issue regarding immigrants who do not even make it to court to rest their case is considerably concerning. Students of GMU, especially those coming from the different countries expressed their anxieties regarding the issue. One student interviewed said that he fears that he could experience the same fate as Vargas. Only about 15% of the roughly 400,000 people who are removed from the United States each year ever go before a judge, according to Greg Chen, advocacy director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (Shoichet, 2017). The vastness of this occurrence is disturbing for international students, especially those who are staying in the country under the Visa waiver program and whose coverage is about to expire.
Dreamers like Vargas and international students who are studying in GMU may share the same sentiments of fear and anxieties regarding their case about deportation. These are young individuals who came to the US to seek better opportunities. Trump’s immigration ban may have construed that those who do not necessarily want to harm the country and are not involved in terrorism can still face the deportation, when in fact, the ban was intended for those who have terroristic intentions.
Compromise appears to be the key on the struggles of interpretation for Trump’s immigration ban. In March 1, days prior to the arrest of the 22-year old Daniela Vargas, Trump told reporters that he could reform a bill that would grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the US. The President is eager to pass a compromise immigration bill in his first term that would stop short of granting a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, but would allow undocumented immigrants who aren’t serious or violent criminals to live, work and pay taxes in the US without fear of deportation (Tapper, Blitzer, & Kopan, 2017). Trump also cited about this compromise during the Joint Session of Congress, when he said that there has to be a focus on how the immigrants are contributing positively to the country’s economy and security.
This compromise that Trump wants to offer lifted the spirits of the international students in GMU. This statement coming from Trump proved that the president still has this concern for immigrants who do not have any intentions to harm the country. The students were pleased, but the anxieties remain. They admitted that they are still unsure regarding their status and they have questions concerning their studies and their stay in the country.
The offices of GMU, however, expressed their support to students who would need assistance. The president of GMU cited that the Office of International Programs and Services is willing to provide support needed regarding matters of immigration. The office extends help both to students and to the staff of the GMU. The assistance provided by the office gives hope to students and the staff. They are positive that they can manage the arrangements of staying in the US. They also expressed optimism through the information provided to them by the university.
Effective by the numbers
The article from CNN on March 15 cited a comparison between the new immigration ban with the old one, and how it influences the people from other countries come to US. The article cited that Trump’s campaign against illegal immigration could potentially 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US. However, Trump has signaled a willingness to respect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that Obama started to offer legal status to people who came to the US as children and still live there (Watkins & Tseng, 2015). The article added that Trump’s new policy discouraged the immigrants who were willing to the risks anything just to cross the border in the Southwest. The 40% decrease of the number of border crossers in February appeared to create effectiveness of Trump’s immigration policy.
Immigration ban implications
The implications of the immigration ban in the United States can be evident through not only through the immigrants but also from the other countries. In the news article of CNN dated March 30 citing that Trump has been trying to warm the relationship between the US and Russia, the authors indicated that Trump’s efforts initiated since the campaign period. However, the current conditions of the immigration ban led to some hopes going to blur for US to have open negotiations with Russia. This should help prove the implications of the immigration ban. Trump said that he wanted to make peace with Russia and open the country to such possibility of working with them. However, the indefinite travel ban for refugees from Syria made this statement contradictory. The same sentiments can be gathered from the immigrant students and employees of GMU. The inconsistence affects them in a way that they remain unsure of what lies ahead while they are here in the US.

The George Mason University has enrollees and faculty and staff who migrated to the United States. The recent issuance of the White Executive Order on January 27 greatly affected these individuals. Primarily, the reactions include anxieties and fear. Immigrant students fear that they would be instantly deported, especially those who are seven major countries affected by the immigration ban. The students also said that they fear for the situations of their families, which was similar with the student from Mississippi named Daniela Vargas. The faculty and staff expressed similar sentiments, but they are more optimistic especially that the university provides enough assistance and information. The statements issued by the university student and that of the Provost and Vice President boosted the confidence of immigrants who belonged to this university. They are also aware of the implications of President Trump’s immigration policy. While they fear for the inconsistency, they remain hopeful to the compromise that even Trump said in a statement. He cited that the government can draft a policy that would allow those who have non-terroristic intentions to stay in the country given certain conditions. The GMU truly value diversity; and it is more important than ever during these days to work together in helping one another. The hopes expressed by the immigrant interviewed for this paper were immense. The way that they can hold to this hope is vital for GMU as well. The positive environment that the university promotes reflected to this hope. Without it, the immigrant students and staff could remain to live in fear. It is certain that the university will not allow it. In the coming days, collaboration remains essential so that the university can thrive along with its diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.

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Reading Response 3

One of the key responsibilities of the media is to hold the powerful to account.

So who would ever think we’d see the day when major companies would be training journalists in the art of challenging the corporate sector on their social, environmental and governance performance?

Outside of developed western democracies, large businesses and political parties often own or control newspapers and television stations, and prevent them from challenging the status quo.

One explanation is that many journalists, like corporate executives, are locked into a traditional view of business and are failing to reframe their coverage

Indeed, at first glance, long, in-depth investigative works are economically unsustainable. But journalists and experts at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference point to successful models among newsrooms that dig into public interest stories often hidden from the public.


From the Unsustainable journalism which is written by Toby Miller, that give some specific details and thoughts about the journalism.The author describes what is unsustainable news, while the background and the impact of the current cultural industry and the use of value analysis. Much of the problem lies with the perhaps accidental invisibility of these issues, which I mentioned earlier. But there is also a willful obfuscation. Consider that seemingly benign metaphor: “the cloud.” It signifies the place where all good software goes for rest and recuperation, emerging on demand, refreshed and ready to spring into action. Seemingly ephemeral and natural—clouds are necessities of life that rain on us then go away—these are actually coal-fired server farms and data centers. The US National Mining Association and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity gleefully avow that the “Cloud Begins with Coal” (Mills 2013). They note that the world’s communication technologies use 1500 terawatt hours each year—equivalent to Japan and Germany’s overall energy use combined, and 50 percent more than the aviation industry. That amounts to 10 percent of global electricity. The Association and the Coalition even quote poor old Greenpeace (2012) on the negative environmental implications of data centers, as evidence of future growth for the extractive industries.



Journalists have urged the editors “to use their influence to stand up for their staff, for the integrity of journalism under their watch, and for the very future of once-proud titles”.

The motion said: “This chapel reaffirms its commitment to fighting to protect journalists being put under intolerable stress as a consequence of these cuts.

“Already we are seeing a growing number of cases of mounting workload pressures that are resulting in unacceptable stress

and ill-health among members. All possible measures will be considered by this chapel to ensure that staff do not shoulder the cost of these short-sighted cuts.”



















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Research post 5

this new was posted by Eli Watkins and joyce Tseng, CNN on Wed March 15,2017.
From the day he announced his campaign, Trump made cracking down on undocumented immigration one of his signature issues.
He pledged to round up and deport the millions of men, women and children who live in this country without documentation. He pledged to build a wall with Mexico and make the country pay for it. He also pledged to build a “big, beautiful door” in that wall to facilitate legal immigration.
Shortly after taking office, Trump issued a broad executive order enforcing immigration law that calls for an end to sanctuary cities and a robust increase in resources to the Department of Homeland Security to increase the level of deportations.

This new explained clear information about the Trump’s ban policy, and the affection. I think its an important part to my article for analyzing how the policy effect the American people even the whole world.

Research post 4


This new was updated by Sara Murry and Elizabeth Landers, CNN, on Wed March 30, and its talking about Trump’s hopes of thawing relationship with Russia fades.
According to one senior administration official, this isn’t necessarily because Trump’s view of Russian President Vladimir Putin has evolved. But Trump believes in the current atmosphere — with so much media scrutiny and ongoing probes into Trump-Russia ties and election meddling — that it won’t be possible to “make a deal,”

This new could be used in my article, I think its useful because through it, I know trump wants to warm the relationship with Russia, but through the policy, I doubt about that, it could be a example, to explain the situation with other countries, and the attitude.

Research post 3


This new wasBy Masuma Ahuja, CNN and Photographs by Mark Kauzlarich for CNN it’s the newest issue.In past weeks, as news of ICE raids and deportations has spread, lawyers and charities have been telling immigrants, both documented and undocumented, how to prepare.

in my article, i will try to talk more specific details about now how people scare and planning the wors ,How to make space for fear in their lives so they are not consumed by it.Immigrants brace for deportation

Research Post 2

This new was edited byJake Tapper, Wolf Blitzer and Tal Kopan, CNN, and updated Wed, March 1, it’s the newest issue. In this video, Trump talked about the immigration issue, and thought it could be made a little bit changed, compare with the speech he gave before, things has changed.News of the President’s support for a comprehensive reform of the US’s immigration system fell against a backdrop of increasingly aggressive actions by immigration authorities across the US, who under Trump’s administration have found new freedom to deport undocumented immigrants who have not been convicted of a serious crime — the bar they were told to abide by under President Barack Obama’s tenure.

In my article, i will use it to be a view and use the positive and negative ways to compare the new immigration with the old one, and how it influence the people from other countries come to US.

Research Post 1


This video was posted by Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN. The title is Can immigrants be deported without a count hearing. In this video, ICE officer detained a girl, whose name is Daniela Vargas, after she gave a speech, talked about the issue at a news conferences. She determined as a “Dreamer” because she came US without Visa with her family. That’s a key question at the heart of a controversial case that’s become the latest lightning rod in the debate over the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration. For my topic, we considering about the new immigration policy, so, i think this video could be a newest event, and highly controversial.

Reading Response 1

IT’S A COMPLICATED THE SOCIAL LIVES OF NETWORK TEENS is written by Danah boyd, who makes research about the new digital world. In his article, he mentions about the “natives” and the “immigrants” in digital world. Teens grew up in which the internet has always existed, many adults assume that youth automatically understand new technologies[1] under some circumstances, the answer could be yes. To those people who was born after 1990, the knowledge of digital just like a gift to be with them. Youth use a few time to know how to use computer, then they connect the whole world easily.

TV, Internet, Video game, those things has becoming pathways, help them to know about the world, the different lifestyle, different cultures. Curiosity may lead many teens to develop meaningful knowledge about the social media[2] Comparing youth with older people, they have more curiosity than others, then, curiosity changed to become a kind of impetus, their understanding has deepened considerably in recent years. Born with gifts (youth know much more than older people) are not so much due to the development of society. Teens may make their own media or share content online, but this does mean that they inherently have the knowledge or perspective to critically examine what they consume.[3] Teens are used to use Internet, google, Facebook, twitter, more and more teens lack of creativity, they just rely on the digital tools to find everything they want, considering about this current situation, the author regards that the digital natives rhetoric is worse than inaccurate, it is dangerous. Because of society has politicized this language, it allows some to eschew responsibility for helping youth and adults navigate a networked world.

Through this article, I’m in agreement with the author, digital world is much simple, fast, and makes life becoming much easier than ever before, but, it’s depends on how to use it, and who uses. No one born with such gifts, human created digital world, never let them control our life.


The internet provides individuals an unprecedented ability to communicate without relying on newspaper, television, or any other traditional media. HERE COMES EVERYBODY THE POWER OF ORGANIZATION WITHOUT ORGANIZATION written by clay shirky mentioned about the problem, that the challenge from the new media compete with traditional media. Our social tills remove older obstacles to public expression, and thus remove the bottlenecks that characterized mass media, the result is the mass amateurization of efforts previously reserved for media professionals.[4] Those traditional media, such as newspaper, radio, their weakness now has becoming more and more obvious. however, Consider the timeliness, the new media, such as internet, has greater variety of news presentation and articles on specialized subjects, and much more up to date reporting, than is available even in the best newspapers.

The traditional media required professional skills, and its limited to small group people. Government, and mainstream media spread what they want others know, people have no choices to select what they want or not. Thinking about the new media, blog, facebook, people use internet to connect with people from all over the world, they are the editors, readers, and own designers. People could be more free to share the newest things that happened around them. Such new media is much more popular, and be used by lots of people.

In my personal opinion, I strong agree what the author mentions about, but I don’t think traditional media will be took place by the new media. As for us, who often write something on internet, we should take the responsibility for our words, everyone could see what we write, be more serious and caution about that. Freedom should be on the right way.

[1] Boyd, Danah. It’s complicated: the social lives of networked teens. Place of publication not identified: Yale University Press, 2015. Page 176

[2] lbid., page 176

[3] lbid.,page 177

[4] Shirky, Clay. Here comes everybody the power of organizing without organizations:. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2009. Page 55