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Feb 15, 2017 08:31 PM EST

Duke Joins Other Universities In Support Of A Lawsuit Against Trump’s Immigration Ban

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Duke University supports lawsuit against President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration ban.
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Duke University has taken their stand in court to support a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. Duke, together with the 16 other universities filed a joint Amicus brief Monday standing against the order of Trump on immigration and supported a lawsuit by the attorney general of New York, News Observer reported.

The said universities who signed in support of the lawsuit in the federal court include: Brown, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Yale.

The brief states that the executive order of Trump on immigration has created hardship for the schools' international students, faculty and scholars. According to IBusinessLines, the colleges and universities aim to educate the future leaders from every place in the world and attract the best students and faculty across the world, which is why they welcome global students in their communities.

They believe that these international students and faculty can contribute significantly to their field of study as well as to campus life in general because they can bring in fresh and unique perspectives to their respective schools and classrooms.

International students comprise ten percent of Duke's undergraduates and 47 percent of graduate students, according to the brief. It also said that safety concerns can still be addressed in accordance to the values of the country which includes allowing and welcoming people and immigrants across the borders of the United States.

Trump's immigration ban prevented nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country, and it prompted protests at airports as well as in many educational institutions across the country. Institutions have expressed their stand against this order because it threats their ability to educate future leaders from almost every continent.

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