AMES, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Back in Ames. Stuck in transition. No longer coming. On Tuesday Iowa State University gave an update on the three people impacted by President Donald Trump's immigration ban from seven countries.
The University says a postdoctoral researcher who works in the College of Engineering is back in Ames after the ban delayed his return to the U.S.
That is not the case for an admitted, but not-yet-registered graduate student. Iowa State for a second time, an international airport did not allow him to board a flight Tuesday morning. The same thing happened to the student Saturday at a different international airport.
The student is still in contact with the International Students and Scholars Office as well as immigration attorneys as they try to determine whether he should try to come to the U.S. yet again.
A visiting scholar who planned to be on campus by Wednesday decided not to come to ISU anymore.
In the meantime, ISU has not heard of any other students impacted by the travel ban, but staff members continue to meet with concerned students to answer their questions.
In a statement, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Martino Harmon says the University will do what it can to help students.
“Student Affairs is mobilized to help – through counseling, student assistance, student legal services,” Harmon said. “We are all here to help. We have had relationships for years with many immigration attorneys, who we’re planning to invite here in a few weeks when more developments are known.”