The University has once more decided to join the battle over President Trump’s ban on entry into the United States by people from six Muslim-majority countries, after doing so earlier in the spring.
The University filed an amicus curiae, or friend-of-the-court, brief yesterday along with 30 other colleges and universities. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Oct. 10 about the Trump administration’s revised order, which was first announced in March.
This executive order blocks citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian and Yemen from entering the U.S.
In the brief, the colleges and universities emphasize that the travel ban “both threatens American higher education and offends important, defining principles of our country.” It continues that the ban also contradicts values written into the constitution in the First and Fourteenth amendments.
While the full order has not yet taken effect, the Court did allow parts of it move forward in June. Federal appeals courts have blocked even the revised travel order. The same 30 institutions joined together in submitting a brief earlier this year in March to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit after the Trump administration appealed a preliminary injunction.
The University’s previous amicus briefs have been met with praise by student groups and students directly affected by the ban.
This filing comes as the University is also fighting to bring home graduate student Xiyue Wang after he was sentenced to prison for 10 years in Iran.
Schools joining the University in this filing include the Ivy League, as well as many other private and public universities.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.