Emory Still Fighting Trump Administration on Travel Bans

Unsurprisingly, Emory University is opposed to the new Trump travel ban, just as they were opposed to the first one and further considered – but ultimately decided against – becoming a sanctuary campus. That consideration led the Georgia General Assembly to pass a law last month preventing sanctuary campuses from receiving state funding, even though there are no sanctuary campuses in the state, and Emory had announced their decision not to become one two months prior.

Thirty universities have joined Emory in this new amicus brief, filed last Friday, arguing that the immigration order will hinder efforts to attract the best global students:

Because amici seek to educate future world leaders, attract the world’s best scholars, faculty, and students, and work across international borders, they rely on their ability to welcome international students, faculty, and scholars into their communities.

And further:

The Executive Order at issue here, like its predecessor, threatens amici’s ability to continue to attract these individuals and thus to meet their goals of educating tomorrow’s leaders… Although the Order excludes certain visa-holders, it would bar entry of individuals from the six affected countries who seek the categories of visas most commonly relied upon by amici’s international students, faculty, staff, and scholars.

The brief further notes that more than five percent of students at American universities are international students, and though several of the universities included on the brief listed the number of faculty and students who would be affected directly by the travel ban, numbers were not included for Emory. (It is, however, mentioned that five percent of its instruction staff and thirty-four percent of its research staff are nonresident aliens.)

Several themes arise during the brief, with the hits to both the universities’ economic output and reputations on the world stage being of particular concern. The brief also discusses how immigrants who study in America contribute to U.S. society after graduation. To that end, the AJC found that over 200 doctors who practice the state of Georgia would be affected by the travel ban.

The Trump Administration issued the new travel ban on March 6th, preventing the processing of visas from six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya — for 90 days while the administration “improves screening and vetting protocols.” As to whether that was the actual purpose is up for debate, though the order is currently on hold nationwide due to judicial orders from Maryland and Hawaii. A hearing is scheduled for May 8th.


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