Community college district cautions international students about travel during holidays

Because of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, the San Diego Community College District warned students to determine whether they will be able to reenter the U.S. before they leave the country for holiday travel.

After a ping pong-esque series of executive actions and court decisions beginning in January, the Supreme Court allowed Trump’s third iteration of a travel ban to go into effect temporarily on Monday while lower courts decide the merits of legal challenges against the executive order.

“Given changes in how the administration’s travel ban is being interpreted, we believe it is important to keep our students informed and to encourage them to consider the consequences if they plan on leaving the country during the upcoming holiday break,” said Lynn Neault, vice chancellor of student services.

In an email sent early Thursday, Neault urged students not to travel outside the U.S. without making sure the travel ban doesn’t affect them.

“Particular caution should be taken with crossing the U.S.-Mexico border,” the email said.

The district’s immigration attorney advised Neault that people with valid visas are experiencing “more intense questioning” when crossing back into the U.S. from Mexico, Neault said.

“We’re trying to share as much information as we can since things are changing so rapidly,” Neault said.

Many students travel across the southwest border during break.

The current version of the travel ban indefinitely blocks people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea as well as some Venezuelan officials.

An earlier Supreme Court decision allowed the last iteration of the ban to affect some travelers but exempted people who had ties to the U.S. through family, work or school.

In another recent show of solidarity with non-citizen students facing challenges under the Trump administration, the district has made $175,000 in emergency aid available for those who were beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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