Yesterday, 17 top-tier U.S. universities submitted a joint court brief backing a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump. Johns Hopkins University was one of them.
Hopkins prides itself on its ability to attract some of the world’s finest minds to its Baltimore campus. More than 4,000 international students are currently enrolled at the university, according to the school.
President Trump’s executive order banning travel to the United States from seven largely Muslim countries could have “serious and chilling implications” for students, faculty, and scholars from those countries and could further divide them from their families, according to the amicus brief that Hopkins signed.
Attorneys for Hopkins, Yale, Brown, Harvard, Columbia and Cornell universities and nearly a dozen other schools filed the brief yesterday in a federal court in Brooklyn. Their testimony backs a lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general against President Trump for his Jan. 27 executive order.
Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels, a Canadian immigrant to the United States, was quick to condemn the ban. In a letter to the campus community, he cited his own family’s history of immigrating to North America and said Trump’s restrictive proposal goes against Hopkins’ core values.
Luckily for Daniels and other supporters of immigrant rights and open borders, federal appeals court judges last week unanimously upheld a lower court ruling that blocked Trump’s ban from taking effect. (Multiple federal courts had already stayed the ban.)
Trump’s administration is still trying to find a way to work around the federal court’s ruling. The administration has already filed an appeal against the appellate court’s decision, which could bring the case before the U.S. Supreme Court, and it is also considering rewriting the order altogether.
In the amicus brief, Hopkins included its stated mission to explain why it so strongly opposes Trump’s order: “To educate its students and cultivate their capacity for lifelong learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.”
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