ICE Reversal - Supporting Our International Students

July 14, 2020

SIU System President Dan Mahony on the federal government rescinding decision on international students:

On behalf of the Southern Illinois University System, we want to extend our appreciation to leaders in our higher education community, our advocacy organizations and our elected officials at the state and federal level who successfully advocated for today’s rescinding of the ICE directive that would have stifled our ability to provide full educational opportunities to our international students.

Last spring, the SIU System welcomed more than 1,200 international students to our campuses. During the majority of the life of our system, international students have provided an incredible richness that has added to both the academic and the cultural success of our campuses, state and nation. Now was not the time to close our doors to those who contribute both academically and economically to our communities. We appreciate the efforts of all our elected officials who joined us in this effort.

Daniel F. Mahony