Northeastern, Massachusetts Universities File Amicus Brief Against Travel, Refugee Ban

Northeastern jointly filed an amicus brief on Friday afternoon in opposition to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order banning travelers and refugees of certain countries from entering the U.S.

Northeastern joins seven other Massachusetts colleges and universities—Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, collectively, “amici”—in the brief filed with the U.S. District Court.

The civil case with which amici are aligning themselves lists eight plaintiffs, including Oxfam America, Inc. and two University of Massachusetts Dartmouth associate professors who were detained at Logan International Airport last weekend, against Trump, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and ranking officials in those departments.

A week ago, Trump signed a sweeping executive order that shut U.S. borders to immigrants and refugees from seven largely Muslim countries. The order suspended entry by all refugees from any country to the U.S. for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the U.S. for 90 days for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

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