CUMU Statement on White House Executive Order Regarding Immigration Travel

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) believes in the power of higher education to transform lives and partnering to create vibrant, healthy and safe learning communities. Our nation’s universities are enriched and strengthened by the talent, insight and cultural understanding that international students, faculty, researchers and staff bring to the educational experience. With appropriate and effective vetting, international students from all countries and religions have long been a vital part of our campus communities. They should be allowed to return to their studies and research free of uncertainty over their ability to reenter our country. On behalf of our members and partners, we respectfully ask President Trump to reconsider the decision to ban current visa and green card holders from returning to the United States for 90 days.

For data on the role immigrants play in creating thriving cities, see David Kallick’s plenary address from our 2016 annual conference.