Thursday, February 2, 2017

Mitch Daniels Blasts Trump's Travel Ban, Briefly

Purdue President Mitch Daniels expressed his opposition to President Trump's travel ban in a brief statement: “The President's order related to immigration is a bad idea, poorly implemented, and I hope that he will promptly revoke and rethink it. If the idea is to strengthen the protection of Americans against terrorism, there are many far better ways to achieve it.” As typical, Daniels is brief and to the point. He says the right things about Trump's executive actions, which is fine as far as it goes.

However, the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities (APLU) has posted the statements of 135 public university presidents here, and they are all longer than two sentences. They express strong support for their institutions' international faculty members and students, the importance of international cooperation in research, the fear and confusion of the university's international faculty and students, where people could seek help with immigration issues, etc. Read a bit of a statement from IU's President Michael McRobbie:

"At Indiana University, we embrace openness to the world. This has long been a hallmark of great global universities such as ours that seek to attract the best students, scholars and researchers from every country and champion the cause of greater cultural understanding.

The executive order issued on Friday that bars citizens and refugees from certain countries from entering the U.S. is contrary to the very core of our values as an institution committed to excellence and innovation, a diversity of community and ideas, respect for the dignity of others and engagement in the economic, civic, cultural and social development of our state, our nation and our world."

And there's five more paragraphs in that vein! Would it be unreasonable to hope to hear a bit more from President Daniels on this issue that is vital to the life of the university and the nation?