Statement regarding U.S. Supreme Court travel ban ruling

Members of the Cornell Community,

I am deeply disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the administration’s executive order restricting entry from certain countries to the United States. The Court’s decision sends a signal to the world that the United States is no longer a welcoming place for international students and scholars. It is imperative that we remain committed to an immigration process that values the open exchange of ideas, religious and intercultural diversity, and scholarly pursuits.

At Cornell University, we actively work to build a connected world of global understanding, inclusion, growth and change where all people are inspired to explore, embrace differences and engage others. Nearly one-fifth of our students, faculty and staff come from countries outside of the United States, making Cornell a truly global community that enriches us all. We highly value their contributions not only to the fabric of the university, but also to the nation. We will continue to do everything we can to support them.

I am proud that Cornell joined 33 other higher education institutions in filing an amicus brief arguing that the travel ban harms American higher education. Cornell will continue to work with our higher education partners to advocate for a fair and equitable immigration policy.


Martha E. Pollack