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Vanderbilt continues to oppose ‘travel ban,’ support international students, scholars

by Nov. 30, 2017, 10:34 AM

Vanderbilt continues to voice its opposition to President Trump’s “travel ban” and has signed on to two additional amicus briefs in support of individuals from around the globe being able to continue to enter the United States to share their unique skills and perspectives.

Vanderbilt is committed to an inclusive campus environment that attracts talented individuals from around the world to learn from each other and work together to discover the solutions to societal problems. The university, along with several of its peer institutions, has filed a joint amicus brief in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Ninth Circuit. The amici say they “recognize the imperative need for the government to protect national security, but students and scholars already undergo significant scrutiny on an individual basis to study or work here.”

The university has previously voiced its opposition to the ban, and Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos has said the order “does material harm to our ability to attract and recruit the very best scholars from around the world.”

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