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AAU President Disappointed in Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Travel Ban

Following is a statement by Association of American Universities President Mary Sue Coleman regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Trump v. Hawaii, in which AAU filed a March 2018 amicus brief :

Though we are deeply disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision, we will continue working closely with our federal partners to ensure the visa system prevents entry by those who wish our nation harm, while maintaining the inflow of global talent that has contributed so much to our nation.

Our global leadership role would not be possible without the extraordinary flow of international talent, drawn here by academic opportunity and American values. It is critical to American economic competitiveness that the U.S. remain open to the world’s best students, scientists, and scholars. As Justices Sotomayor and Breyer note in their dissents, which cite the amicus brief filed by AAU with other higher education associations, the travel ban has – and will continue to have – “deleterious effects on our higher education system.”

Founded in 1900, the Association of American Universities comprises 62 distinguished institutions that continually advance society through education, research, and discovery.

Our universities earn the majority of competitively awarded federal funding for academic research, are improving human life and wellbeing through research, and are educating tomorrow’s visionary leaders and global citizens.

AAU members collectively help shape policy for higher education, science, and innovation; promote best practices in undergraduate and graduate education; and strengthen the contributions of research universities to society.

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