News Release from AASCU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2017-03-06

Contact: Jennifer Walpole (202) 478-4665

AASCU STATEMENT ON REVISED EXECUTIVE ORDER ON IMMIGRATION

The president’s new executive order on immigration—albeit an improvement over the original order banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries—remains overly broad in scope and threatens to adversely impact higher education in America. While we understand and respect the president’s stated goal of securing our homeland, we also believe that a categorical ban on the entry of individuals based purely on national origin will undermine the ability of our public institutions to attract the best minds to teach and study at our state colleges and universities.

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The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise of Opportunities for All.