Media spotlight shines on stranded international students

As media across the country and around the world cover the news about people affected by changes in U.S. immigration rules, three Colorado State University students have found themselves in the media spotlight.

Graduate student Hanan Isweiri and her baby son were able to return to the U.S. over the weekend. They were greeted at Denver International Airport by her husband and the couple’s three other children, and a group of journalists interested in her story. Two other CSU international students are still overseas. One is working through details in efforts to return to Colorado, and the other has decided not to return to the U.S. at this time. In all three cases the university has been providing support and working in conjunction with the offices of Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis to assist the students in resolving each of their individual situations.

The university’s Office of International Programs has been posting updates on its website, and CSU President Tony Frank sent a message to the university community.

“Advocating for our students is a privilege we inherit from those who built this university, a role in which we take great pride, and a responsibility from which we shall not turn away despite the complexity of any situation that may face us,” Frank wrote in the campus message.

The following are some examples of recent media coverage of the CSU students affected directly by recent immigration events.

NPR News
9News Denver
Denver Post (Associated Press)
5280 Magazine