Princeton supports Hawaii's legal challenge to federal immigration order

April 21, 2017 9:30 a.m.

Princeton and the 30 other colleges and universities who filed a friend-of-the-court brief last month supporting a legal challenge to the Trump administration's March 6 revised executive order on immigration filed a similar brief Thursday, April 20, in another challenge to the order.

The universities filed the new amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of the State of Hawaii's challenge to the executive order. On March 31, Princeton and the same 30 other colleges and universities filed a brief in a Maryland case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

The March 6 executive order was a second attempt by the administration to bar individuals from some Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Princeton and 16 other universities filed an amicus brief in February, backing the plaintiffs in a federal civil action in which the attorney general of New York and others challenged the administration's Jan. 27 executive order on immigration.

The new brief reiterated arguments the universities made in the March 31 brief that the revised executive order, like its predecessor, threatens their ability to continue to attract the most talented people from around the globe.