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Presidential Statement on the travel ban

June 27, 2018

I was disappointed to learn that President Trump’s travel ban, restricting the entry of individuals from seven countries, would continue, having been upheld by a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court. 

At Commencement two weeks ago, I spoke to our graduating class about the interconnectedness of world’s economies and cultures, reminding them that human talent comes from every corner of the globe and imploring them to take up their responsibilities as global citizens.  Likewise, Dartmouth can only realize its full potential if it is able to recruit the most talented students, faculty, and scholars no matter what their nation of origin, and provide them the opportunity to study complex issues that transcend national boundaries.  Any action that inhibits the free exchange of talent and ideas limits our ability to advance Dartmouth’s core academic mission. 

For these reasons, Dartmouth along with many of our peers opposed President Trump’s travel ban, and joined together to file an amicus brief cited in the dissenting opinions by Justices Breyer and Sotomayor.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to support our students, faculty, and scholars most directly affected by this decision.

Last Updated: 7/25/18