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Purdue University

Very few freshmen in Purdue University’s incoming class are affected by President Trump’s latest immigration order. And for those students who are, the school is hoping to secure waivers of the travel ban. 

Prospective Purdue students from countries affected by President Trump’s new executive order may face difficulty in obtaining their student visas if their waiver requests are denied.

Gov. Eric Holcomb is declaring a disaster in a lead-contaminated neighborhood of East Chicago, Indiana. The order, announced Thursday, fulfills a request that former Gov. Mike Pence denied before he left office.

In the declaration, Holcomb says he’ll ask for federal assistance to relocate residents still living in the affected area. And those families say they need all the assistance they can get.

The 30-day emergency declaration spans the city’s 322-acre Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site, which includes the Calumet neighborhood and around 3,000 residents.

Indiana University To Accept Students From Banned Countries

Feb 3, 2017
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Officials with the Indiana University system say President Donald Trump’s immigration and travel executive order won’t change the university’s policies.

The IU system’s eight campuses will continue to accept qualified international students from the seven countries where travel is currently suspended.

Gov. Eric Holcomb says he hopes President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration doesn’t affect Indiana’s “welcoming environment.”

President Trump’s executive order suspends all refugee resettlement and bans anyone from seven nations from entering the country. Parts of that order have been halted by federal courts.

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All but a handful of the approximately 100 Purdue students affected by President Donald Trump’s the recent immigration restrictions are Iranian. And two of them say it’ll be tough to get enough help to keep living their lives as they have been.

Siamak Rabienia, who’s a PhD candidate in mathematics, has only seen his family once during his five years in West Lafayette. He believes it’s going to be even more difficult for him to see them in light of the executive order.

“This is the basic stuff that everybody should have -- like, you have to see your family,” he says.

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President Obama is scheduled to make an announcement on gun regulations Tuesday morning, expected to include executive orders that may affect how guns are sold, which could affect an unregulated type of sale that takes place throughout Indiana.

IU Professor and former head of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Paul Helmke expects Obama to use his executive order to reinterpret existing laws, which would then affect open air gun markets.

State of Indiana

Governor Mike Pence announced Thursday that he intends to sign an executive order to dissolve his education agency, the Center for Education and Career Innovation. 

Pence expressed pride in the work CECI has done in the last two years, but says he is aware of the controversy that has surrounded this center since its creation. He says his decision is the first step to get the State Board of Education working again.

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Governor Mike Pence Wednesday directed Attorney General Greg Zoeller to join a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive order on immigration. 

President Obama’s executive action, announced last month, could allow millions of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation.   

16 states have joined a lawsuit challenging the move, and Governor Mike Pence wants Indiana to become the 17th.