MIT Files Amicus Briefs in Lawsuits Challenging President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

March 2017

MIT joined two amicus, or “friend of the court,” briefs with other universities in response to the President’s February 27, 2017 executive order restricting citizens of seven countries from entering the United States.

On February 3, 2017, MIT and seven other Massachusetts institutions – Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Tufts University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute – filed an amicus brief in Louhghalam, et al. v. Trump, et al., a federal lawsuit filed in Boston.  In that case, the ACLU and the Massachusetts Attorney General are challenging the legality of the executive order.  In the brief, MIT and the other universities described the vital role that international faculty, scholars, and students play in our communities, and the significant contribution they make to the US economy.  The brief further described the detrimental effect the executive order has had on members of our community as well as those who we hope will join our community.

On February 13, 2017, MIT and 16 other universities filed a similar amicus brief in a challenge to the executive order in federal court in New York.  MIT was joined by Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University.

An article on the amicus briefs in MIT News can be found here.

On March 6, 2017, the President signed a new executive order, revoking the February 27th executive order and issuing revised requirements concerning the suspension of entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from certain countries. The OGC is reviewing the new executive order and continues to monitor developments in this area.