The recent executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” signed Jan. 27, 2017, by President Trump, has restricted travel from seven countries and affects people of all immigration statuses. On Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, a federal court in Washington temporarily stayed this executive order. Lone Star College is monitoring this changing situation.
To help address questions surrounding the executive order and its temporary stay, Lone Star College is sponsoring a series of free immigration workshops. Immigration attorneys will be on hand to help students, parents and the community find answers and explain how the order could impact them. Bilingual attorneys will be available to answer general questions in other languages if necessary. Sign Language Interpreters will also be available. Please see below for a listing of the available languages at each workshop. Speakers of other languages are encouraged to attend the session that best suits their needs.
“Lone Star College is a diverse institution with a sizable international student population,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “Our international students come to us from all over the globe, including the affected countries. This travel restriction therefore impacts some of our students and their families.”
LSC had nearly 3,000 international students enrolled in fall 2016 from more than 110 countries including six students from the countries impacted by the executive order.
The free workshops will be held:
- Feb. 20 (Monday), 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., LSC-Tomball, North Hall 103; languages available: American Sign Language, English, Russian, and Spanish
- Feb. 20 (Monday), 3 – 5 p.m., LSC-University Park, West Dining Room; languages available: American Sign Language, English, and Spanish
- Feb. 21 (Tuesday), 3 – 5 p.m., LSC-Kingwood, Student Conference Center; languages available: American Sign Language, English, French, Persian/Farsi and Spanish
- Feb. 21 (Tuesday), 6 – 8 p.m., LSC-North Harris, Academic Building 126; languages available: American Sign Language, English, French, Gujarati, Spanish, and Vietnamese
- Feb. 23 (Thursday), 3 – 5 p.m., LSC-Montgomery, General Academic Center Building 102; languages available: American Sign Language, English, and Spanish
- Feb. 24 (Friday), 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., LSC-CyFair, Center for the Arts 111;languages available: American Sign Language, English, and Spanish
“Lone Star College is committed to all students,” said Head. “I urge our college community to practice respectful dialogue when discussing these issues. We should all strive to create a welcoming learning environment that serves but does not detract from our core mission.”
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 95,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.