UA breathes sigh of relief after Trump's travel ban blocked - Tucson News Now

UA breathes sigh of relief after Trump's travel ban blocked

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban has been put on hold after a federal judge in Maryland blocked the ban. 

This comes after a judge in Hawaii had already put a temporary restraining order on key parts of the executive order.

The order, which includes a travel ban on citizens of six mostly Muslim countries, was set to go into effect Thursday, March 16.

The president said he'll take this fight to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Meanwhile, staff at the University of Arizona are breathing a sigh of relief.

Dana Bleau, executive director for International Faculty & Scholars at UA, said they employ 1,700 faculty members.

If the ban had gone into effect, it would've put an indefinite hold on several new hires.

When President Trump announced his second travel ban, professors were most concerned about what it would mean for international hires.

Bleau said the travel ban would've delayed processing applications and paperwork for the next school year.

She added UA is considered a global university and if the ban goes into effect, it could lead to a negative impact across campus.

“We have world-renowned and international faculty on our campus who are almost always successful in acquiring green cards based on their international, world-renowned expertise,” Bleau said. “So when those people aren’t able to come to the university at the beginning of the school year, it has a very negative impact on our students.”

Bleau added however that if the travel ban goes into effect, there will be no changes to the study abroad program.

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