In response to the immigration ban issued by the Donald Trump administration, hundreds of UCSB students gathered on campus to speak out and march against it.
President Donald Trump signed the executive order on Friday, banning residents from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Over the weekend, protests erupted at airports and cities across the nation.
The march was organized by Naia Al-Anbar, who is a Muslim.
She said the ban has impacted UCSB students, including Navid Yousefian, who is currently stranded in Iran.
UC Santa Barbara officials would not comment on whether or how many students are impacted by the order citing confidentiality restrictions.
President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of the University of California today (Jan. 29) issued the following statement:
We are deeply concerned by the recent executive order that restricts the ability of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the UC community from certain countries from being able to enter or return to the United States.
While maintaining the security of the nation’s visa system is critical, this executive order is contrary to the values we hold dear as leaders of the University of California. The UC community, like universities across the country, has long been deeply enriched by students, faculty, and scholars from around the world, including the affected countries, coming to study, teach, and research. It is critical that the United States continues to welcome the best students, scholars, scientists, and engineers of all backgrounds and nationalities.
We are committed to supporting all members of the UC community who are impacted by this executive action.
President Janet Napolitano University of California
Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks University of California, Berkeley
Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter University of California, Davis
Chancellor Howard Gillman University of California, Irvine
Chancellor Gene Block University of California, Los Angeles
Chancellor Dorothy Leland University of California, Merced
Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox University of California, Riverside
Chancellor Pradeep Khosla University of California, San Diego
Chancellor Sam Hawgood University of California, San Francisco
Chancellor Henry T. Yang University of California, Santa Barbara
Chancellor George R. Blumenthal University of California, Santa Cruz