PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TODAY
CHICAGO, February 6, 2017—The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) expresses deep concern over President Trump’s recent executive order to temporarily suspend the refugee program and bar entry into the United States for travelers from seven countries. AALL reaffirms its adherence to its core values of lifelong learning and intellectual growth, commitment to diversity, and community and collaboration. Imperative and inherent to these values are the open exchange of ideas, the sharing of knowledge, and intellectual curiosity that comes from communicating and interacting with people of all cultural and religious backgrounds.
“It is with much sorrow and concern that AALL issues this statement,” said AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. “The administration continues to implement directives limiting access—in information, in travel, to funding—that are contrary to the betterment of society and that support a narrow understanding of the human condition.”
“Even the fear and uncertainty expressed by foreign colleagues not directly affected by the travel ban is palpable,” said Wheeler. “Our international members add breadth and depth to the AALL experience; it is unfortunate that policy is impacting this mutually beneficial exchange of information.”
AALL’s keystone professional education program, the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, draws legal information professionals, partners, and vendors from around the world. AALL is fully committed to providing a safe, welcoming environment for education, discourse, and collaboration—whether in person or online.
AALL will continue to monitor the administration for policy that is contrary to AALL’s core values, impedes libraries’ abilities to serve the public, and hinders a transparent government.