Board of Directors' Message on Immigration Executive Order
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
January 31, 2017
Message from the SCMS Board of Directors regarding President's Executive Order on Immigration
The officers, Board, and staff of the Society for Cinema & Media Studies would like to express our deep concern over last week's Executive Order that limits entry into the United States for citizens, travelers, and refugees from seven countries, including Green Card holders, dual citizens, and those already approved for travel. We recognize, among many other implications of this order, the immediate threats it poses to intellectual community, collaborative research, and professional development for many SCMS members.
As the rollout of this executive order continues, as do the legal challenges already posed by it, SCMS pledges to remain vigilant about the many issues this policy raises for our profession and our members. We intend to continue working -- in solidarity with other scholarly societies, where appropriate -- to support and protect our intellectual community and the free exchange of ideas among the Society and partnering and affiliating organizations that advance learning and help make peace and understanding possible. Our highest goals will be to protect those members and those aspects of SCMS's stated mission that are most vulnerable to harm from these new policies, within the limits imposed on us by our 501(c)3 status as an organization, which prevents SCMS from political campaigning and limits its ability to lobby.
As regards the upcoming conference, SCMS will gladly work with any scheduled presenter who is already blocked from traveling under the new policy or any other programmed participant who is concerned that the new rules could jeopardize their travel to or from Chicago to make sure that your research gets shared with our membership. We have also extended the deadline for early conference registration to February 10, since we acknowledge that many of our members are no longer in a position to firm up any travel plans by January 31. Please be in touch with the Board, the home office, and/or your SIG and Caucus liaisons if you have more questions or valuable expertise to share as we work to confront these ongoing political developments that deeply concern us all.
(SCMS President Steven Cohen's message from 30 January 2017 can be found here)