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AAAL EC Statement on Travel Executive Order

Wednesday, February 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Dear Colleagues,

Like many of you, we have observed the unfolding events with regard to President Donald Trump’s recent Executive Order regarding entry to the United States with trepidation and concern. The order raises immediate and legitimate fears and concerns in relation to issues of immigration, refugees, human rights, and religious discrimination.

The goal of AAAL is to facilitate the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and understanding regarding language-related issues in order to understand their roles in the lives of individuals and conditions in society, this with a view to enhancing the welfare of individuals and the quality of social life. As such, we stand by all members of the applied linguistics community, without regard to national origin, religion, or race. The Executive Order is fundamentally antithetical to the values and goals of the organization.

As an organization, we are concerned about the chilling and discriminatory effect of the President’s move not only on our students and colleagues in the United States, but on members of the applied linguistics community worldwide, all of whom are welcome in the AAAL community. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment in order to best support the advancement of our goal.

At the upcoming meeting in Portland, there will be two public fora for those attending the conference to express their views on these developments. A lunchtime open meeting on Saturday will address the issue of our professional responsibilities as applied linguists in the current troubling political context. On Sunday, an open meeting of the new Public Affairs and Engagement Committee will provide a further context for the drafting of a public statement. We encourage all those attending to contribute to these discussions; they have been scheduled so that they do not compete with any academic session.

As far as we can tell, no one so far registered for the conference will be prevented from attending by the Executive Order of the President. But our information may be incomplete. If you have questions or concerns at this point about travel to the conference or any other related issues, please do not hesitate to be in touch with us at

With deep concern, and in a spirit of open exchange, academic collegiality and inclusiveness,
The AAAL Executive Committee

For your information and reference, the following are statements issued by other scholarly associations:

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