Duke, other universities tell judge travel ban hurts schools, students
Posted February 13
NEW YORK — Some of the nation's top universities have told a U.S. judge that they side with civil liberties lawyers in opposing President Donald Trump's travel ban.
The schools said in papers filed at a federal court in New York on Monday that the order blocking travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries threatens their abilities to educate future leaders and has "serious and chilling implications" for students and faculty.
"Because (the universities) seek to educate future leaders from nearly every continent, attract the world’s best scholars, faculty and students, and work across international borders, they rely on the ability to welcome international students, faculty and scholars into their communities," the friend-of-the-court brief states. "The executive order at issue in this case threatens that ability, and creates significant hardship for (the universities’) valued international students, faculty and scholars."
The schools include Brown, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, Princeton and Stanford.
The universities said Trump's order stranded talented, law-abiding scholars abroad after they left the United States to visit family, conduct field research and attend academic conferences.
A Brooklyn judge is one of several hearing challenges to the ban, which has been temporarily stayed.