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The 10 US colleges that stand to lose the most from Trump’s immigration ban

– Business Insider

“Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days. Opponents of the ban worry that the temporary travel ban will turn into a permanent one.

Around the nation, news has emerged of college students from the affected countries not being able to get back into the US.

Aside from the personal hardship the ban has been seen to cause, it may also have a big effect on the bottom line at certain American colleges, according to estimates provided to Business Insider from College Factual, a higher education data analytics and research company.

International students can pay up to three times more than in-state students at public universities, Business Insider’s Tanza Loudenback reported in September, citing data from SelfScore, a company providing financial services to international students. Foreign students effectively subsidize education costs for other students at schools where they pay more, taking some of the financial burden off of American students.

College Factual collected data from Department of Homeland Security on the number of student visas that were approved in 2015, the most recent year they were able to get information. The 10 universities that had the highest number of student visas from the seven countries which now have a temporary travel ban are:

  1. Texas A&M University — 271
  2. University of Southern California — 252
  3. Northeastern University — 249
  4. The Pennsylvania State University — 227
  5. University of Central Florida — 224
  6. University of Houston-System —221
  7. Kaplan International Centers — 219
  8. The University of Texas at Arlington — 219
  9. Arizona State University — 199
  10. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — 197

To estimate the potential yearly revenue loss of these figures, College Factual used the tuition and fees and room and board cost for bachelor’s degree programs at each of these schools. The schools that stand to lose the most revenue assuming these students have their visas revoked are:

  1. University of Southern California — $16.9 million
  2. Northeastern University — $15.6 million
  3. Texas A&M University — $11.5 million
  4. The Pennsylvania State University — $11.1 million
  5. University of Central Florida — $8.6 million
  6. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — $8.2 million
  7. Arizona State University — $8.2 million
  8. University of Houston-System — $7.9 million
  9. The University of Texas at Arlington — $7.3 million
  10. Kaplan International Centers — $4.3 million

These estimates assume all students are seeking bachelor’s degrees, as the visa data was not able to split between those seeking bachelor’s degrees and those seeking master’s or doctoral degrees.

Of note: Texas institutions of higher education seem to be most susceptible to revenue loss if Trump’s immigration ban becomes permanent, with Texas A&M, the University of Houston System, and the University of Texas at Arlington losing an estimated $26.7 million combined.

Some experts warn that the effect on foreign enrollment in US schools could be far greater than just adjusting for the seven banned countries.

“The domino effect of this ban will result in a precipitous decline in international student enrollment from Muslim-majority countries,” Rahul Choudaha, cofounder of international student support organization interEDGE, told Business Insider in an email.”

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Trump protesters turned away at Dana Rohrabacher, Mimi Walters offices

– OC Register

Protestors stand outside the office of U.S. Rep. Mimi Walters to request a town hall meeting with her in Irvine, on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. (Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)

“Protesters seeking a meeting with Orange County Congress members Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Walters over President Trump’s travel ban and other executive orders have this week found themselves locked out of district offices.

In one case, police were called by property managers to Rohrabacher’s Huntington Beach office after protesters barricaded the entrance and clogged hallways, the congressman’s spokesman Kenneth Grubbs said.

“They were going to come in, barge in and make it impossible to work,” said Grubbs, adding that only a couple of the protesters appeared to be constituents from Rohrabacher’s district. “They are the disruptors of the peace.”

Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) and Walters (R-Irvine) each handily won districts that voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump. Trump had 1.7 percent fewer votes in Rohrabacher’s district, and 5.4 percent fewer in Walters’ district.

A representative for Walters said the congresswoman is willing to engage in productive discussions with her constituency.

Trump’s executive order on Muslims calls for a 90-day immigration ban on seven countries: Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq.

That day, the people who gathered were not locked out. A staffer said Walters was unavailable. The congresswoman was in Washington, D.C. that day, according to her Twitter account.

“Today, we were focusing on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the lack of any viable replacement,” said Jessica Riegert, another of the dozens who showed up at the office of Walters last week.

Riegert is a public school teacher and member of the Orange County branch of the Democratic Socialists of America. She organized the event just one day before, online, and said she was surprised when so many others showed up.

“(Walters) is my representative, and we want to make sure that she knows who we are and what our concerns are,” Riegert said. “We want her to meet with us.”

Protesters returned to Walters’ office on Tuesday and were locked out.

A man not involved in the protest exited the building surrounded by the crowd and loudly grumbled, “Do any of you people have jobs?”

About a dozen at a time, protesters took elevators to Walters’ office and knocked on the door to no response. They taped messages on the door and slipped notes underneath.”

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Harvard president hits back at Trump’s immigration ban: ‘Nearly half of the deans of Harvard’s schools are immigrants’

– Business Insider

“Harvard President Drew Faust criticized President Donald Trump’s immigration ban in an email to the Harvard community on Sunday, The Harvard Crimson reported.

“Nearly half of the deans of Harvard’s schools are immigrants — from India, China, Northern Ireland, Jamaica, and Iran,” she wrote. “Benefiting from the talents and energy, the knowledge and ideas of people from nations around the globe is not just a vital interest of the University; it long has been, and it fully remains, a vital interest of our nation.”

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