The college presidents wrote a letter to Trump telling him that his order threatens American higher education and the defining principles of the country.
“The order specifically prevents talented, law-abiding students and scholars from the affected regions from reaching our campuses,” the college presidents wrote. “American higher education has benefited tremendously from this country’s long history of embracing immigrants from around the world.”
They continued, “America’s educational, scientific, economic, and artistic leadership depends upon our continued ability to attract the extraordinary people who for many generations have come to this country in search of freedom and a better life.”
About 17,000 U.S. college students are from the seven nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — affected by Trump’s order.
Trump’s order forced colleges to scramble to help both students and faculty from those countries who were traveling and left stranded.
Rutgers on Monday said it had students, researchers and professors from the affected counties who were traveling over the weekend.
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