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Travel Ban Timeline

President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration issued on January 27, 2017, created uncertainty and confusion for many, including students at Hamilton. This timeline provides background on what has transpired since the order was first issued.

Travel Guidance

Hamilton continues to advise foreign nationals to exercise caution if considering travel outside the United States. The College will update its guidance as the situation evolves.

Travel Tips

  • Check with your airline prior to departure to ensure you will be able to board
  • Expect security and customs delays, and leave yourself additional time at the airport
  • Carry your passport, valid visa, valid visa stamp, I-20, a letter from Hamilton College attesting to your status, your resume or CV, and the cell phone number of a designated contact person at Hamilton
  • If you travel abroad and you are not permitted to return to the U.S., inform your designated contact person

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April 24, 2018
A Federal Court Judge from the District of Columbia ruled that protections for DACA recipients must stay in place and that the government must resume accepting new applications.

January 9, 2018
A U.S. judge in San Francisco has temporarily barred the Trump administration from ending DACA which shields young people who were illegally brought to the United States by their parents from deportation.

September 5, 2017
President Trump announced that his administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allowed young undocumented immigrants to live in the country without fear of deportation. Immigrants who have lived illegally in the U.S. since they were children would be subject to removal once their government-issued work permits expire.


Yes. Hamilton will accept and consider applications from undocumented students.

Hamilton College will give full consideration to all undocumented students, and has a formal relationship with Golden Door Scholars, which works with students who have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status.

Because undocumented students (including those who have DACA status) are not eligible for federal financial aid, Hamilton’s policy is to review their applications with our international applicant pool and consider them for the financial aid dollars that are set aside for that population. In keeping with Hamilton’s generous financial aid policy for international students, for those undocumented students who are admitted, Hamilton will meet 100 percent of their demonstrated financial need.

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents whose parents are undocumented will be considered for admission within the context of Hamilton’s domestic applicant pool, and in keeping with our need-blind admission policy. These students are eligible for Hamilton financial aid consideration and federal funding, and if they qualify for need-based financial assistance, their award will be based on their family’s documented income and assets.

The College does not now and will not in the future share information about the immigration status of our students, unless legally required to do so.

The College does not now and will not in the future assist with the enforcement of immigration laws against members of the campus community, unless we are legally required to do so.

View this community advisory put together by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC).

Counseling Support

We recognize the emotional strain that these events and the weight of uncertainty are placing on members of our community. If you’d like to speak with a counselor or a mental health professional, contact:

For Students

Counselors are available by phone 24/7/365. Call 315-859-4340 to be connected. During office hours, ask to be connected to a counselor by phone; after hours, press option 2 (you don’t need to wait for the message to end). Counseling Center, 315-859-4340,

For Employees

Hamilton offers services through its Employee Assistance Program [1-888-293-6948, or visit the Besinger, DuPont & Associates website using username “standard” and password “eap4u”] that include free, expert, confidential consultations and referrals to professionals near where you work or live. 

Additional Resources

On Campus
Campus resources available to anyone with questions or concerns (business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Dean of Students Office
Allen Harrison, Associate Dean of Students
Counseling Center 315-859-4340
Days-Massolo Center 315-859-4279
Academic Support for Multilingual Students 315-859-4150
Human Resources Office
Mike Thayer, Employment Manager
Opportunity Programs 315-859-4398
Off Campus

Higher Education
  • ACE: Visit the ACE site for questions and answers about immigration, DACA, “sanctuary campuses” and other forms of assistance
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
    Visit the NAFSA site to access NAFSA statements, read FAQs on Immigration Benefits and learn about the organization’s Travel Advisory in light of the Executive Order Travel Ban


The information on these pages was compiled from numerous sources, including the Brown University Undergraduate Admission webpage, CNN, Harvard University Global Support Services, The New York Times and the Syracuse University Slutzker Center for International Services.

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