January 30, 2017

International House Philadelphia Issues Statement on President's Executive Order on Immigration



As an organization that has welcomed students of all countries, cultures and faiths for more than a century, International House Philadelphia strongly opposes President Trump’s executive order on immigration. 


This hasty and ill-thought-through decision to indiscriminately bar thousands of men, women and children from entering the United States, based on their country of origin and religion, repudiates the principles that indeed do make America great. Our national security is crucial but it can be adequately protected without abandoning our national ideals.


The executive order has created a climate of fear and uncertainty among the thousands of international students that are in America to pursue their academic dreams, including residents of International House Philadelphia who attend local universities and colleges.  Some of our current residents are from countries on the “banned” list of nations with majority-Muslim populations, and another Muslim resident was advised by her college not to travel at this time because of the uncertainty regarding application of the order. Many of our 309 residents are worried about their future in America, even though most come from countries that are not targeted by the executive order. This “culture of fear” has no place in our American society and particularly in Philadelphia, the “Cradle of Liberty.”


Our goal remains steadfast – to provide a safe, inclusive and welcoming community for all international and American students who choose to live with us. Our mission to foster international understanding and respect among people of all nations has never been more important.