"We welcome the Trump administration’s effort to clarify the executive order first issued on Jan. 27, 2017, and believe that it will address some of the issues that bedeviled the earlier version. We have long maintained that it is essential to safeguard the nation while still ensuring that the United States remains the destination of choice for the world’s best students, faculty and scholars, regardless of their nationality. This order is a step in the right direction.
Yet while the revised order has narrowed the number of people impacted by the travel ban, we fear that those still excluded—coupled with the faulty initial roll-out and the harsh rhetoric that often accompanies today’s public policy discussions about immigration—still creates a climate where it is far more difficult for international students and scholars to view this country as a welcoming place for study and research.
When these individuals come to the United States, they bring their creativity and intellectual talents to our country and leave with a direct experience of a democratic society and a free market. It is in America’s interest that the necessity of protecting the border from those who wish us harm does not undermine our ability to attract the most talented students and scholars to our shores."