NBA, Colleges React to Executive Order on Travel

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An executive order signed into effect on Friday suspending the United States Refugee Program a minimum of 120 days and banning entry to nationals of seven “countries of concern” for a minimum of 90 days has worried many international companies, among them the NBA and a number of American universities who have welcomed international students.

NBA spokesperson Mike Bass told The Huffington Post that the league has contacted the United States State Department for clarification on the order and its reach. The order, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” includes in its umbrella ban persons holding dual citizenship in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen.

“We have reached out to the State Department and are in the process of gathering information to understand how this executive order would apply to players in our league who are from one of the impacted countries. The NBA is a global league, and we are proud to attract the very best players from around the world," Bass said.

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