The Executive Council of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) deplores the Executive Order issued by US President Donald Trump, suspending refugee admissions into the United States for 120 days and halting admission from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.
CASID is a national, bilingual, interdisciplinary and pluralistic association devoted to the promotion of new knowledge in the broad field of international development. As such, we are deeply concerned about the general tenor of these actions, and in particular about the impact they will have on international students, research partnerships, conference participation, field work and family relationships.
Our work aims to build knowledge across cultures, people and societies, and to advance the cause of inclusive, democratic and peaceful development. This Executive Order contradicts what we and most thoughtful people stand for.
We endorse the statements on this issue made by Universities Canada, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Association of American Universities, and the American Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, which said that the consequences “reverberate far beyond the higher education community and are worthy of everyone’s attention.”