Former Florida senator and current president of Florida State University John Thrasher said he’s troubled by President Donald Trump’s deportation order on refugees.
“Florida State University is deeply concerned about the administration’s new policy preventing the entry of citizens of seven foreign countries to the United States for the next 90 days,” Thrasher said Sunday. “At universities nationwide, confusion and uncertainty are causing disruption and worry among students, researchers, faculty and staff who are citizens of the countries involved in the ban, as well as their colleagues and friends.”
Thrasher said FSU was reviewing information regarding the ramifications of the order and said the university was advising international members of the FSU community to not make any plans to leave the United States.
“We all know that our university has long been enriched and strengthened by the cultural and intellectual diversity these scholars contribute,” Thrasher said. “In the classroom, the laboratory, institutes, centers and colleges, they are conducting vitally important work that adds to the body of knowledge while broadening the educational experience for all FSU students. We appreciate them, and their safety and security will be our highest priority.”
Thrasher served in the Florida Senate from 2009-2014.