Northeastern's statement on Supreme Court allowing parts of Trump travel ban to take effect
June 26, 2017
On Monday, the Supreme Court allowed for a limited version of the Trump administration's ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries-Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen-to take effect. The court said the ban "may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." In the fall the court will hear full arguments on the case.
Here is Northeastern's statement in response:
Based on our initial analysis, we believe the Court's decision will not have an adverse material effect on current Northeastern students, faculty, and staff.
However, the university awaits guidance from the State Department as to whether individuals who may establish a relationship with Northeastern within the next 90 days—such as students who have a pending application for admission—will also be exempt from the order.
As the amicus brief the university co-wrote last March made clear, Northeastern remains deeply concerned by the travel ban's negative impact on the ability of students and scholars to collaborate across borders. Further, we remain concerned that the chilling effect of the executive order—and the possibility it may be expanded or made permanent—will curtail the nation's ability to attract the world's best and brightest people.
Northeastern remains committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and a truly global network of students and scholars. Even as we await the Court's final resolution of the ban's constitutionality, Northeastern will not waver from its core values and will continue to support affected members of our community.
On Jan. 27, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order suspending immigrant and non-immigrant admissions to the U.S. for at least 90 days for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The order also suspended the U.S. refugee admissions program for 120 days and the Syrian refugee program indefinitely. On Feb. 3, a federal district judge in Seattle issued a ruling that temporarily blocked President Trump's order from being enforced nationwide. And on Feb. 9, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request by the Justice Department to lift the block while the litigation continues in the district court.
Nearly one month later, on March 6, President Trump issued a new executive order, which continues to impose a 90-day ban on travelers, but removes Iraq from the list of targeted countries. The order also exempts permanent residents and current visa holders, and it reverses an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria, replacing it with a 120-day suspension. On March 15 and 16, federal district judges in Hawaii and Maryland temporarily blocked parts of the order.
In a message to the university community in February, Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun wrote: "For the past decade, we have joined together to make Northeastern a truly global university. In doing so, we have set forth a series of core values such as the value of inclusivity and a bedrock belief that diversity makes our community stronger. I find the president's executive order restricting international travel to be antithetical to our core values and completely unacceptable. I say this as an educator and as an American who came to this country as an international student."
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