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Sanctuary Efforts Hit Bard and the Greater Hudson Valley

ZOE ROHRICH, FEATURES EDITOR | SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 2017

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With President Trump’s crackdown on immigration making headlines almost daily, the term “sanctuary” has become a movement garnering many supporters. How it is applicable to campuses and cities, though, is still a point of confusion.

Here is how Bard College and the greater Hudson Valley are using the movement to ensure the protection of its immigrants and undocumented residents. Continue reading “Sanctuary Efforts Hit Bard and the Greater Hudson Valley”

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New York Times: American Universities Must Take a Stand

 LEON BOTSTEIN ON CAMPUS FEB. 8, 2017 Not since the era of witch hunts and “red baiting” has the American university faced so great a threat from government. How is the university to function when a president’s administration blurs the distinction between fact and fiction by asserting the existence of “alternative facts”? How can the university turn a blind eye to what every historian knows to … Continue reading New York Times: American Universities Must Take a Stand

Bard Muslim Student Organization Discusses Trump’s Immigration Order, Religion and Identity

MAEVE LAZOR, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | FEBRUARY 1, 2017 Bard Muslim Student Organization members spoke at a discussion panel on Wednesday the 1st about Trump’s Immigration executive order that banned immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. From left to right:  Abiba Salahou (U.S), Ugur Pece (Turkey), Renad Bdair (Palestine), Timur Celebi (Turkey), Humam Al-Rubaye (Iraq). On Wednesday, February 1st, Bard Muslim Student Organization (MSO) rushed to … Continue reading Bard Muslim Student Organization Discusses Trump’s Immigration Order, Religion and Identity

Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration Is Unconstitutional

MAEVE LAZOR, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | January 30, 2017

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In a statement on Monday, President Trump claimed that his temporary immigration executive order was not a “Muslim ban.” When he began campaigning in 2015, he called for a “total and complete shutdown of the entry of Muslims to the United States.”

Trump’s immigration order, which was issued on Friday, is inarguably a religious test– a clear violation of the American constitution. The ban has drawn concern from agencies such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Bard and Botstein Respond to “Muslim Ban” With Much-Needed Clarity

JOHANNA M. COSTIGAN, CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF | January 29, 2017

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President Botstein responded Sunday morning to Donald Trump’s executive order banning citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.

Botstein’s letter addressed the ban that would threaten immigrants from seven targeted nations: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. Americans and foreigners alike remain confused by Trump’s logic regarding which countries are on or off the list, assuming any such logic exists.

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