Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford are among 17 schools that decided to file an amicus brief on Monday to challenge Donald Trump’s immigration order.
This is because of the “damaging effects” that the order has had on American universities.
The brief read:
“These costs are significant and directly affect amici’s ability to pursue their missions. And they are being experienced absent any evidence that amici’s lawfully-present students, faculty, and scholars—all of whom have already undergone significant vetting by the government—pose any threat to the safety or security of the United States or amici’s campuses.”
The brief that was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, was signed by the presidents of the following 17 schools:
The brief, filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, was signed by the presidents of Brown, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Yale.
Trump’s immigration order was put on hold by a federal judge in Seattle. The order suspension was kept in place by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals who ruled that “under the ‘third party standing’ doctrine, injuries to the state universities give the states standing to assert the rights of the students, scholars, and faculty affected by the Executive Order.”
“The Executive Order prevents nationals of seven countries from entering Washington and Minnesota,” the Ninth Circuit judges wrote. “As a result, some of these people will not enter state universities, some will not join those universities as faculty, some will be prevented from performing research, and some will not be permitted to return if they leave.”
48 infuriated American college presidents got together and sent a letter to the president concerning his order’s “extreme vetting” procedures.
The letter read:
“This action unfairly targets seven predominantly Muslim countries in a manner inconsistent with America’s best principles and greatest traditions. We welcome outstanding Muslim students and scholars from the United States and abroad, including the many who come from the seven affected countries … This executive order is dimming the lamp of liberty and staining the country’s reputation. We respectfully urge you to rectify the damage done by this order.”