Following is a statement by Association of American Universities President Mary Sue Coleman on the September 24 presidential proclamation regarding enhanced vetting capabilities and processes for attempted entry into the U.S.
We remain concerned the administration’s actions create uncertainty for those pursuing higher education opportunities in our country, threatening our county’s economic competitiveness and global leadership status. Our global leadership role would not be possible without the extraordinary flow of international talent, drawn here by academic opportunity and American values.
Our universities have long-shared the goal of protecting our country from those seeking to do us harm and we stand ready to help the administration ensure national security in ways that do not undermine our nation’s status as the top destination for global talent.
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