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Brandeis supports legal brief opposing travel ban

Boston-area alumni and students attended a discussion on March 29 about the impact of President Donald Trump's policies on immigration and refugees. From left: Alumni Club of Greater Boston co-president Jonathan Sclarsic '03, who chaired the event; Professor Kristen Lucken, director, global studies master's program, Brandeis; Feruza Aripova, Heller MA'10, doctoral candidate in world history and teaching instructor, Northeastern University; Susan J. Cohen '80, founder and chair, immigration practice, Mintz Levin; and Matthew Segal '99, legal director, ACLU of Massachusetts.

Brandeis is among 31 institutions of higher education to voice opposition to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban in a federal court brief. The University previously joined peer institutions to file a brief opposing Trump’s initial travel ban in February.

Filed on March 31, the amicus brief (a filing made by a third party who has a stake in the outcome of litigation) describes the important role that international students, faculty and staff play in higher education and argues that the ban threatens the ability of U.S. universities to attract top talent. It urges that a previous court decision to block the ban be upheld.

"These individuals make significant contributions to their fields of study and to campus life by bringing unique perspectives and talents to classrooms, laboratories, and performance spaces," the filing states.

Brandeis is one of seven institutions from Massachusetts to sign on with the brief, including Boston University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Tufts University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Categories: Campus News, Students
Date: April 4, 2017