Northwestern Joins Leading Research Universities in Amicus Brief

February 14, 2017

Northwestern University has joined with 16 other leading research universities to file an amicus brief with the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York in a lawsuit opposing the executive order on immigration issued recently by President Donald Trump.

The brief states that the executive order threatens the universities’ ability to attract students, faculty and scholars by prohibiting entry into the United States by residents of seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Noting that the order applies to individuals who have visas of the type most commonly used by students, faculty and scholars from around the world, the brief states, “While the Executive Order is currently limited to seven countries, its damaging effects have already been widely felt by American Universities.”

Northwestern joined in the amicus brief to support efforts to enable students, faculty and scholars to continue to study and conduct research in the US, says President Morton Schapiro. “Northwestern and other universities benefit greatly by bringing outstanding individuals from all over the world to study, teach and do research here,” he said. “It is important that universities continue to be able to do so.”

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