Amicus beef: Penn joins Ivy League complaint against Trump's executive order - Philly


Feb. 15, 2017 7:32 am

Amicus beef: Penn joins Ivy League complaint against Trump’s executive order

The University of Pennsylvania joined an amicus brief signed by 17 top universities against Trump’s executive order, stating that the measure “creates significant hardship” for international students, faculty and scholars.

The seal of the University of Pennsylvania.

(Photo by Flickr user Elizabeth Evans, under a Creative Commons license)

The University of Pennsylvania hasn’t exactly shied away from raising its voice against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

And though last week a federal court halted the executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., the Philly-based Ivy League institution doubled down on its stance by joining 16 other higher ed institutions in an amicus brief challenging the measure.

The 34-page document, filed Monday before the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York, states that the executive order hinders the institution’s ability to “educate future leaders from nearly every continent, attract the world’s best scholars, faculty, and students, and work across international borders.”

Per the document, the measure “creates significant hardship” for international students, faculty, and scholars.

Read the filing
Roberto Torres

Roberto Torres became Lead Philly Reporter in May 2016. Prior, he was a freelance contributor to and Al Dia News. The native Venezuelan moved to Philadelphia in 2015 after reporting on research at his alma mater, the University of Zulia. Whenever he's not fencing deadlines, he can be found standing in line at Overbrook Pizza in West Philly, running Netflix/Hulu marathons with his wife or reading news from Venezuela.


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