ASU students, faculty join nationwide rally against Trump’s travel ban

TEMPE — More than 100 students and faculty at Arizona State University participated in the “Academics United” solidarity rally on the Tempe campus Thursday in support of those affected by President Donald Trump’s effort to impose a travel ban.

The president’s executive order halted travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Forty universities across the nation hosted similar rallies on their campuses. Many of the students affected shared concerns about being allowed back into the United States if they travel to see their families in their home countries.

Faculty members joined students to call for an end to federal policies that single out Muslim students and scholars. (Photo by Rachael Bouley/Cronkite News)

Faculty members joined students to call for an end to federal policies that they say single out Muslim students and scholars. (Photo by Rachael Bouley/Cronkite News)

Hossein Jashnsaz, an Iranian student, is graduating in May with a PHD in physics from Arizona State University. He has lived in the United States for nearly five years, but visa restrictions kept him from visiting family back home. (Photo by Rachael Bouley/Cronkite News)

Hossein Jashnsaz, an Iranian student, is graduating in May with a doctoral degree in physics from Arizona State University. He has lived in the United States for nearly five years, but visa restrictions kept him from visiting family back home. (Photo by Rachael Bouley/Cronkite News)

More than 100 students and faculty members gathered for the “Academics United” solidarity rally at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, demonstrating against the travel ban and border wall. (Photo by Rachael Bouley/Cronkite News)

More than 100 students and faculty members gathered for the “Academics United” solidarity rally at Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, demonstrating against the travel ban and proposed border wall. (Photo by Rachael Bouley/Cronkite News)

Students and professors on the ASU Tempe Campus, rally in support of those affected by President Trump’s executive order, attempting to halt immigration and travel from seven predominately Muslim countries. (Photo by Rachael Bouley/Cronkite News)

Students and professors on the ASU Tempe campus rally in support of those affected by President Trump’s executive order, attempting to halt immigration and travel from seven predominately Muslim countries. (Photo by Rachael Bouley/Cronkite News)

Students and scholars from the seven countries affected by President Trump’s travel ban were joined by their peers for a solidarity rally on ASU’s Hayden Lawn in Tempe, Arizona, where they displayed signs with messages on the immigration and refugee ban. (Photo by Rachael Bouley/Cronkite News)

Students and scholars from the seven countries included in President Trump’s travel ban displayed signs on ASU’s Hayden Lawn. (Photo by Rachael Bouley/Cronkite News)