Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on the U.S. Supreme Court's Travel Ban Ruling
June 26, 2018

“We are extremely disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Trump administration's travel ban. In the current climate of harsh rhetoric on immigration, the travel ban contributes to the perception that this country is no longer a welcoming place for study and research by the world’s best and brightest international scholars and students.

As the amicus brief ACE submitted along with 32 other higher education associations noted, the travel ban puts at risk the network of learning, research, and education that makes American higher education the envy of the world. Many of our international students have gone on to invent groundbreaking technologies, start thriving businesses, and assume leadership roles in governments and other organizations, both in the United States and abroad. International students contribute nearly $37 billion to our economy and support over 450,000 U.S. jobs.

While we strongly support the government’s efforts to keep our nation secure, we fear this broadly written prohibition will have a long-term impact on our standing as a global leader and hamper our education and research enterprise and the overall U.S. economy. As Justice Kennedy suggested in his concurrence with the decision to uphold the travel ban, the harsh rhetoric around immigration issues nonetheless can fuel a perception of exclusion. This decision makes it far more difficult to maintain the United States as the destination of choice for the world’s best students, faculty, and scholars, regardless of their nationality.”

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