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The following is a message to the Earlham community from President David Dawson in response to a U.S. executive order on immigration and refugees.

January 29, 2017

On Friday, January 27, 2017, U.S. President Trump signed an executive order that suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. (The full scope of the executive order could be wider depending on how it comes to be interpreted by government or courts, but this is our current understanding of its principal impact).

This action disrespects the fundamental values essential to Earlham’s character, identity and our basic human values of ethical caring and responsibility and will have harmful consequences for many persons, including many students enrolled at colleges and universities.


Drawing on our institutional statement of values, Principles and Practices, we can make this clear:

  • Earlham College affirms respect for persons; this executive order fundamentally disrespects persons.
  • Earlham College affirms community; this executive order undermines community.
  • Earlham College affirms integrity; this executive order operates as though the persons it targets do not deserve the same presumption and affirmation of integrity extended to others.
  • Earlham College affirms peace and justice; this executive order is blatantly unjust in its unfair targeting of individuals and violent in the profoundly uncaring and demeaning manner in which it pursues its aims.