(ORIGINALLY PRINTED IN MARCH 2017 EDITION)
By Shane Kellum Campus Press Staﬀ Reporter
Blackwood, N.J. — An attorney came to Camden County College on February 2, to address students’ potential concerns about President Trump’s new immigration policy. Afia N. Yunus, an immigration lawyer working out of Philadelphia, answered questions about the matter in Taft Hall’s presentation room, explaining to students and faculty the insand-outs of the newly-passed executive order, which implements the United States’ refugee program.
Executive Order Bans Refugees The executive order calls for a suspension on allowing refugees from seven countries – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya – to enter the U.S. for at least 90 days, but the ban on refugees from Syria, a country in the depths of a brutal civil war, will continue for an indefinite amount of time. The executive order also reduces the number of refugees that the U.S. will accept per year down to 50,000 from 110,000 under the Obama Administration, Yunus told her audience. “War…Discrimination…There are many problems. They can’t go back to home, and they can’t come to the U.S.A.” said Hamida Mohammed, 43, a Sudanese ASL student at CCC. “[Yunus] explained to the attendants here what is going on, and what the effect is on these people as they intend to come to the U.S.A.”
CCC Sudanese Student Describes Ordeal Mohammed arrived in the U.S. in April of 2016, after spending time with refugees in Egypt, a country which has been accepting those seeking asylum from Syria, Sudan, and Somalia, to name a few, present questions. The topics of discussion covered a wide array of subjects such as renewing visas, working, traveling abroad, change of status to H-1B, or change of status to permanent resident after being married. Camden County College has students representing over 60 countries in its student body.
Main points of discussion were:
- Homeland Security is here to help.
- Be aware of fake documents. Only get them from proper and legal channels.
- Do not allow others to use your school mail box as they could use it for illegal activities.
- Keep your documents up-to-date. Check your F1 and I-20 expiration dates. An expired date will complicate your re-entry into the United States.
- If you need a new visa, you will need to leave the country and reenter the U.S. as this is the only way to get a new visa.
- Also, if you must leave the country, inform your principal designated school official (PDSO) of your itinerary and obtain the certified signature for the Travel Endorsement section on your I-20 document before departing the U.S. If what you tell them does not match up to where you went, this can lead to delays or possibly be denied entry when re-entering the U.S.
- By taking a cruise ship that goes into international waters after leaving the U.S., you will be required to have all your updated and current paper work with you since you will be re-entering the U.S. on your return voyage.
- As an F1 student, you cannot work unless the job (e.g., tutoring, internships) has been approved by curricular practical training (CPT) or Optional Practical Training (OPT) after completing the degree program study
- An attorney is not needed for adjusting your status or filling out forms
- If your I-20 date is in the future, you must still go to school. If you don’t, then you will be reported that you are no longer a student.