Emory joins amicus brief against President Trump's executive order on immigration

  • Emory joins amicus brief against President Trump's executive order on immigration

Emory joins amicus brief against President Trump's executive order on immigration

Stanford has joined 16 other universities in filing an amicus brief challenging the federal administration's January 27 executive order on immigration, arguing that the travel ban it imposed on people from seven countries threatens the universities' academic mission.

Leaders of the schools - Brown, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Yale - argue that the order threatens their ability to attract the world's best scholars and work across borders, and that it creates significant hardship for their students and faculty from overseas who had already undergone vetting to obtain visas. "The Executive Order at issue in this case threatens that ability, and creates significant hardship for [our] valued global students, faculty and scholars". Seattle U.S. District Judge James Robart granted a Washington state request from state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the executive order.

All eight Ivy League institutions - Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University - all signed onto the amicus brief. She said Stanford expects to join additional amicus briefs in the coming days, including one focusing on the impact at hospitals and medical centers. Many others in the academic community have also called on Trump to end his order.

The university is continuing to offer informational resources and support, including legal assistance, increased mental-health counseling and emergency financial support, to students and faculty who are affected by the ban, according to Stanford.

Statements from all 17 of the schools were included in the brief. People who had been blocked from entering the United States are now able to come.

Each university has "a global mission", and "derives immeasurable benefit" from contributions of worldwide faculty and students, the brief said.

"The Executive Order has serious and chilling implications for [the universities'] students, faculty and scholars", the brief reads. President Trump's executive order, signed on Friday, restricts travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The amicus brief did not reject the politics behind Trump's executive order, but noted that the universities believe in a free flow of ideas between borders.

"These individuals also contribute to the United States and the world more generally by making scientific discoveries, starting businesses, and creating works of literature and art that redound to the benefit of others far beyond [university] campuses", it continues.

The order set off a wave of protests across the country. The Trump administration said it will challenge the order or construct a new one.