Message from the Buffett Institute on the executive order on immigration and refugees

February 1, 2017

The Buffett Institute is a collaborative, inclusive research community of students and scholars from around the world. The free exchange of people and ideas is an essential part of our mission to examine critical global issues. Even setting aside weighty humanitarian considerations, the American academy, and indeed American society more generally, has been enriched immeasurably by generations of visitors, immigrants, and refugees.

We therefore wish to underscore Northwestern President Schapiro’s recent statement regarding the January 27, 2017, executive order on immigration:

We will take all the necessary actions to protect our students, faculty and staff….Knowledge knows no borders, and we all benefit greatly from the presence of the talented international students, faculty and staff who are members of the Northwestern community. I sincerely hope that the Administration quickly makes clear that this country still welcomes scholars and students from around the world, just as Northwestern University does, and will continue to do so.

We are hearing from members of our community whose lives and scholarship have been upended by President Trump’s recent executive order. Its short-term effects are becoming apparent, but in order to continue to monitor the situation we seek additional feedback and information from Buffett scholars, students, and staff who have been specifically affected by this executive order.

Messages may be sent to Buffett Senior Director of Operations Meg McDonald at

Bruce G. Carruthers
Director, Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Migration, US Foreign Policy