SUNY Provost Tod Laursen Statement Supporting NY Attorney General James Lawsuit Against U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

July 13, 2020

New York State Takes Action to Protect College Students, Faculty, and Residents

"This new federal policy is deeply concerning to our entire university system and runs contrary to SUNY’s longstanding commitment to access, inclusion and equity.

"We value the contributions, diverse background, and perspectives our international students bring to SUNY and vow to aggressively advocate for the reversal of this damaging policy.

"We thank New York Attorney General James for taking on this important legal action to send a clear and direct message that we will fight against any injustice that aims to strip away the access of a high-quality education for our international students which is at the core of SUNY’s deep rooted mission of education for all."

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