Universities Tell Judge Travel Ban Hurts Schools, Students

"President Donald Trump’s travel ban already has harmed some of the nation’s top universities, stranding students, faculty and scholars abroad and making foreign schools more attractive to some of the world’s brightest students, lawyers for the learning institutions told a federal judge," according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

"The schools said in papers filed Monday in Brooklyn federal court that the order blocking travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries threatens their abilities to educate future leaders from nearly every continent.

They said the executive order has 'serious and chilling implications' for students and faculty and had emboldened foreign schools that have issued statements touting their own opportunities for international students and scholars.

'Its damaging effects have already been widely felt by American universities,' the papers said, noting people worldwide are 'understandably anxious' whether to make plans involving U.S. schools because of fears other nations eventually may be added to the ban.

'This casts doubt on the prospect and value of studying and working here for everyone,' the papers said. They said U.S. universities welcomed over one million students in the 2015-16 academic year, accounting for over 5 percent of enrollment, with nearly a third of them studying engineering, math or computer science."

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Publication Date: 2/16/2017

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