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Universities back legal challenge to Trump travel ban

Leading United States universities have joined a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s proposal to restrict immigration from eight countries, which they say is already harming research.

On 30 March, 31 institutions filed a brief in support of the state of Hawaii, which is challenging a White House decision to restrict access to the United States for individuals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. The case is being heard in the US Supreme Court.

The universities, which include Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University and Yale University, are warning that such restrictions are preventing them from attracting “talented individuals from around the globe and thus to meet their goals of educating tomorrow’s leaders”.

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