LA Tech Exchange Students Impacted by Travel Ban

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(Ruston, La KNOE 8 News) - The new travel ban is affecting people in the ArkLaMiss.
Louisiana tech has more than a dozen foreign exchange students who will be affected. This ban could prevent students from coming to Louisiana for School in the Spring.

Courtesy KNOE

Many foreign exchange Students felt sad when they heard the news Friday. Donald Trump is placing a 90 day travel ban on international travel between Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yeman, and Somalia.

"I planned to go back to my country to see my mother but I cannot anymore," Said Maryam Sayyahmanesh, who is from Iran.

Amirhosein Foulad also hoped to go home this summer but fears if he does he cant get back into America due to visa issues.

"I was thinking to go home this Summer but right now it's impossible for us to go home and back here."

The news was also hard for Dan Erickson, who's the Director for the International Student office. He says he already recruited six students from those Countries and now they cant come.

"It gives off the perception that international students aren't wanted," He Said.

But these students say the opportunity to study in America was great for them."United States has best Universities and i wanted to make a good future."

But with this travel ban it's putting them in a tough spot. Either go home or stay here for the opportunity.

"I don't know what i should do. I have to chose between going home or staying here to study."

A tough choice many will have to make over the next few months. In Ruston Dylan Robichaud KNOE 8 News