U of Illinois, Northwestern, U of Chicago Decry Travel Ban

Illinois universities are speaking out against President Donald Trump's sweeping travel ban that has left some students and professors stranded abroad.

The University of Illinois System put out a statement Monday saying its three campuses are "greatly concerned" about the ban and "strongly recommend that students and scholars who might be affected defer travel outside the U.S." School officials say they're working with those affected and offering resources.

Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro said Monday that the Evanston school "will refuse to provide information to the federal government regarding the immigration status of members of our community." The school's police also won't detain individuals based on immigration status.

University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer sent a letter Monday to Trump saying the "strongest possible terms" that it's important for the U.S. to continue to welcome immigrants.

Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, president of DePaul University said in a statement there should be no confusion about where the school stands on the travel ban.

"We will take every action within the law to protect everyone within our community, including Muslim students, faculty and staff in the United States and from other countries, just as we remain unwavering in our support of undocumented students during these uncertain times," Holtschneider said.

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