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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 10 comments on BU to Supreme Court: Kill Trump Travel Ban

  1. So you are wasting student’s tuition dollars trying to promote your leftist agenda rather than educating students. What is your purpose? Not only that but you want to waste my money too. What job is a migrant from Syria going to get? Keep in mind they mostly won’t speak English. Are you elitists going to pay? The most ridiculous part is your self important mentality thinking you can influence supreme court decisions.

    1. I am proud that BU is engaging in this opposition movement agains the ban. I teach to a very internationnal crowd and I believe that BU is on the right path in fostering opportunities to collaborate and learn from scolars from abroad including from the predominently muslim countries covered by the ban. There is so much to learn from that exposure.
      Just to answer the precedant post, as a lecturer, I never had difficulties to communicate with my internationnal students and it is not of us to judge of their carreer ambitions and future but to support them in as scolars.
      It is well known that this is profitable for colleges to recruit Internationnal students and that the ban may hurt economically. Those students bring more revenues then expenses to schools and their communities as exposed in several studies and articles. (see Business Insiders, NAFSA study).

    2. John, You are totally wrong. If you ever had an interaction with these people who were banned, you’d never say so and you wouldn’t be so biased. I am one of those whose wife fell under this nonsense ban. I have educated thousands of American kids, some of them might have been yours. I am working 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, yes: 7/24, in US hospitals and science institutes to find a cure for cancers that might affect you, your parents, or your friends (I hope none occurs to you or your relatives). This nonsense ban has only disrupted the lives of people like me, who were asked by the US government to stay in this country to help and educate the American people. Wake up John.

  2. John, I’m not going to debate politics with you, but I did want to respond to just a couple points you made.
    1.”What is your purpose?” I think the article makes pretty clear that the purpose for BU and other like institutions is to be able to keep accepting international students. Specifically, BU says the ban has already caused admissions trouble and forced admitted international to go elsewhere.
    2. You mention “wasting student’s tuition dollars”. I just wanted to add that international students pay tuition money too.
    3. On the matter of whether BU can “influence Supreme Court decisions”. Amicus curiae briefs are filed all the time. Their purpose is to bring a relevant point to the attention of the court, specifically a point which the main parties involved might not have made. In this case, the point seems to be the effect of the ban on academic institutions. While it is impossible to say with certainty that an amicus brief will alter the decisions of the justices, it is an established practice in the legal field so there is likely an effect.

    1. BU is representing international students connected or potentially connected with the university who may be affected by this potentially unlawfully discriminatory ban. As for why BU is actively doing this- it’s because I asked nicely, and I’m more important than you. :)

  3. John Whalen you are absolutely correct. One, it’s a waste of funds that could be used for the students or to lower the very high tuition. Two, BU should not take political stands, it should be free of political influence and indoctrination. Three, BU’s argument is misleading; this is not a ban on Muslims, but a ban on countries whose people cannot be properly vetted due to a lack of reliable information, coupled with the fact that all of these countries are exporting terrorism. American security must come first.

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