Duke University supports NY lawsuit against Trump immigration order

  • Duke University supports NY lawsuit against Trump immigration order

Duke University supports NY lawsuit against Trump immigration order

The schools said in papers filed at a federal court in NY on Monday that the order blocking travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries threatens their abilities to educate future leaders from almost every continent.

The schools, the suit said, "highly value the contributions of global students, faculty and scholars, as well as cross-border engagement".

The lawsuit originated from an American Civil Liberties Union challenge of the executive order and was joined by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman about two weeks ago.

The other universities who joined the Monday brief are: Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University and Yale University.

The Jan. 27 executive order had barred citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the USA for 90 days and refugees for 120 days, and indefinitely blocked all refugees from Syria.

Vanderbilt says the university and the nation depends on inclusion of diverse backgrounds. Many others in the academic community have also called on Trump to end his order. Action by federal courts has temporarily suspended implementation of the executive order, and legal proceedings around it are continuing.

In the amicus brief filed Monday, the 17 universities acknowledge the importance of ensuring the safety and security of the United States.

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

"While the Executive Order is now limited to seven countries, its damaging effects have already been widely felt by American universities", the brief states.

The executive order is now suspended after one federal court put a halt to it and last week the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted against reinstating the president's order. In some cases, the schools feared a future impact, as with the 150 applicants to graduate programs at Princeton who are from seven countries listed in the executive order, or the loss of academic conferences.

"Moreover, if a valid visa may be revoked at any moment based simply on a person's country of origin, the Executive Order alters the perceived cost-benefit analysis of studying or teaching here, even for persons from countries unaffected by this particular Executive Order", the brief says.

Critics of the order say the order is ban targets Muslims and is not American.