Executive Order Issued January 27, 2017

To:        The Caltech Community
From:   Thomas F. Rosenbaum
             Sonja and William Davidow Presidential Chair and Professor of Physics
Date:    January 28, 2017
Re:        Executive Order Issued January 27, 2017

Friday's executive order limiting immigration and entry to the United States has heightened anxieties for members of our community on campus and at JPL.  This order immediately impacts the personal and professional travel of a subset of students, postdocs, faculty, and staff from abroad and elevates uncertainties for the next few months and likely beyond.

I write to assure you that Caltech remains fully dedicated to supporting every individual in our community, regardless of country of origin. Caltech will honor all financial commitments and help those in need obtain legal advice and other support services.

On Tuesday, January 31, Ilana Smith, director of the international offices, and Cindy Weinstein, vice provost, will lead a meeting for students, postdocs, faculty and staff from the seven countries cited in the executive order. This session will be held at 4:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Center for Student Services. Another meeting will be scheduled soon thereafter for individuals from other countries.

If you have any questions about the impact of Friday's executive order, please contact Ilana, Cindy, or someone in your division or dean's office. We are all committed to welcoming and supporting the most talented scholars from around the world; and we will work together to ensure that Caltech's future fully represents these ideals.