- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The number University of Wisconsin-Madison students, faculty and staff who are being told not to leave the country because they may not be able to return under President Donald Trump’s travel ban grew on Tuesday.

UW-Madison said that there are 115 people on campus affected by the ban. That is up from the 88 people, 72 of whom are students, the campus identified on Monday as being from the seven mostly Muslim countries covered under Trump’s executive order.

It’s unclear how many students and university employees are affected statewide. UW System initially put that number at 130 on Monday, but it was being revised upward and a new number had not been released as of Tuesday afternoon.

UW-Madison spokeswoman Meredith McGlone said there was concern that one student studying in Brazil may not be able to return to the U.S. But the student, Lily Khadempour, told WISC-TV that because she has dual citizenship in both Iran and Canada she has been told she will be able to return to the U.S. Khadempour was slated to come back on Wednesday.

McGlone said the university expected there to be questions about the effect of the travel ban on people from the seven countries coming to campus for such activities as giving lectures and attending academic conferences.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank on Monday called for Trump to rescind the order, which includes a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson broke his silence about Trump’s order on Tuesday, telling WISN-AM in an interview that the travel ban was a “pretty reasonable proposal.” Johnson, who is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, asked opponents to read the executive order “and tell me what you disagree with.”

Johnson said the order is being “blown out of proportion” by opponents who will “agitate with the smallest provocation.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, of Green Bay, was the most critical of any Republican in the Wisconsin delegation. He said Trump should have worked closer with Congress to ensure those who fought with the U.S. in Iraq and legal permanent residents were not affected.

Reaction from other Wisconsin members in Congress fell along party lines, with Republicans supportive and Democrats calling the order un-American and dangerous.


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