Brandeis joins others schools in brief against travel ban
Brandeis has joined seven other Boston-area universities in filing a friend-of-the-court brief urging a federal judge to extend an order barring enforcement of a travel ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The brief filed in U.S. District Court in Boston on Feb. 3 supported efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to extend a temporary injunction against the ban, issued on Jan. 27 by President Donald Trump via executive order. Brandeis and the other universities said the ban harms students and scholars who are prevented from either returning to or leaving the U.S., and threatens to weaken the state’s and nation’s ability to attract the best scholars from all over the world.
The brief states, “The importance of maintaining international inclusion on our campuses cannot be overstated. Regular interactions with students and professors who come from different cultures and who have had vastly different life experiences promote both a richer understanding and a deeper appreciation of the pluralistic world in which we live.”