Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Ambassador Richard LeBaron and Middle East Strategy Task Force Deputy Director Jessica Ashooh write for The Chronicle of Higher Education on the implications of the immigration ban on students and colleges:
Regardless of whether it stands up in court, President Trump’s executive order banning the entry of refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries into the United States has done enormous harm to Muslim students who are studying or aspire to study here. American colleges and universities must react quickly and effectively to limit the damage, which reverberates well beyond the seven countries and the 15,000-plus students affected directly by the order.
Aside from the moral and constitutional defects of the ban, it is ultimately poor strategy for a policy that, given the most generous benefit of the doubt, is ostensibly meant to guard against terrorism. The reality is that American liberal education is one of the very best antidotes against the feeblemindedness that gives entry to the fundamentalist tropes of ISIS or Al Qaeda.
In their bipartisan Middle East Strategy Task Force report, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley affirm this, and note that an essential strategic goal of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East is to ensure that the next generations of students in the Middle East are “informed critical thinkers resistant to extremist appeals.” Denying students access to American universities, which offer the gold standard in critical-thought instruction, therefore also denies us one of the most powerful tools in our counterterror arsenal. …
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