Travel Ban not so controversial for Exchange Students at ULM

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Only one Libyan student at ULM is directly affected by Donald Trump's Travel Ban, but with no plans of traveling anytime soon, the ban is just something temporary.

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The ban only prevents seven countries from leaving and entering the U.S., but even though the ban is for limited time (90 days), some departments at ULM could feel the burn.

More than 95 percent of ULM"s Pharmaceutical Science's program is made up of international students, and professors say the ban could damage the department in the long run.

"It might actually limit our ability to recruit students," says Khalid Elsayed, professor of medicinal chemistry. "Some of these students are self-funded...bringing in their own budgets...payouts...and unfortunately it would limit our ability to recruit too."

Meanwhile, other students fear this ban could potentially expand to their country.

Some students who are not under the ban want to travel home this summer, but are reconsidering, for fear that they will not be able to re-enter the country.

"Now for example, in the summer, it will be time for us to come home and see our family after so long," says Vladimir Jakovijevic, a graduate student at ULM."So now the question is, will I go home and spend time with my family or do i stay here, because if i go home and can't get back, I've wasted all this time on my education."

ULM issued the following statement Monday night:

"At this time, ULM has no current students who are directly affected by President Trump's Travel Ban. Our office of International Student Programs and Services will work closely with our international students and the office of human resources to make them aware of the situation and any complications that may arise due to international travel."