University Statement

Yale statement on Supreme Court decision on travel ban

Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied the constitutional challenge to the President’s travel ban in Trump v. Hawaii, the third in a series of presidential orders that bar or restrict individuals from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. As this case moved through the court system, Yale joined other colleges and universities in filing amicus briefs to highlight the social and economic benefits that international students, faculty, and scholars bring to higher education, to the U.S., and to the world. While Yale must accept the Court’s ruling, it has heightened the concern that unnecessarily restrictive immigration policies will impair the University’s ability to recruit the world’s most talented individuals and carry out its teaching, research and scholarship mission. This mission benefits the public and serves a vital national interest. The work of this and other universities is a vital part of our nation’s identity as a democratic and free society and key to the ability of the U.S. to lead in international, scientific, and humanitarian affairs. International students and immigrants contribute to advancements in our classrooms and our research labs and, in so doing, help spur the U.S. economy and domestic job creation. 

Yale is home to more than 5,500 international students and scholars and many more global visitors. On the university’s behalf, President Peter Salovey will continue to advocate for immigrants and immigration reform. Since the 1800s, the university has benefitted from the talents and contributions of individuals from many different countries, including some of our most prominent faculty, students, and alumni. Yale’s commitment to and advocacy for greater political and economic cooperation among nations and people — and the creation of new knowledge this enables — is fundamental. The exchange of ideas across borders is a source of strength and crucial to future success in helping to address humankind’s most persistent challenges. The University will continue to recruit exceptional students and scholars wherever they are found to support its mission and President Salovey will continue to advocate for their ability to fully participate.

In addition to the amicus briefs Yale filed in the travel ban litigation, President Salovey personally has communicated with members of Congress and with the Administration to advance immigration reform, pressing for action to formalize the benefits of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and provide a pathway to citizenship. He also has joined the Presidents’ Alliance for Higher Education and Immigration, a coalition of education leaders dedicated to generating support for policies that create a more welcoming environment for immigrants and international students on campuses.  Ensuring that the U.S. remains a safe and accessible destination for those who wish to join our international community of students and contribute to our mission will continue to be a focus of attention for President Salovey and many others in the Yale community.

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