University presidents ask Trump to 'rectify or rescind' immigration order

UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal and 47 other U.S. college and university presidents today sent a letter to President Trump urging him to "rectify or rescind the recent executive order closing our country's borders to immigrants and others from seven majority-Muslim countries and to refugees from throughout the world."

"If left in place," the letter says, "the order threatens both American higher education and the defining principles of our country."

The letter was initially drafted by Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber and University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann.

UC President Janet Napolitano and all ten UC chancellors issued a statement on President Trump's executive order on January 29 (see UC statement on President Trump's executive order).

The full text of today's letter from university presidents is available here (pdf).