Immigration ban causes concern at local universities

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ERIE, Pa. — Local universities said there’s widespread concern with international students over President Donald Trump’s immigration and refugee executive order.

Fewer than five students, faculty and staff from Mercyhurst University are from the seven countries Trump banned entrance for refugees and immigrants from in his executive order.

David Dausey, Mercyhurst provost, said the university was created to embrace people of all countries, faiths and cultures.

“We stand by our mission,” Dausey said. “We stand by our individuals here and the statement concludes that we sent out to all of our faculty, staff and students that you are welcome here.”

Gannon University said there’s an indirect and direct affect on the university because of the ban. Gannon officials said they have 18 students that are from the countries targeted in the order.

“Gannon is a family,” vice president of enrollment Bill Edmondson said. “And all our students are members of that family. And like any family, we’re concerned about them and we want to keep them safe.”

Both Penn State Behrend and Edinboro University said they’re doing what they can to support their international students.

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