Pollack, CMSP issue statements on travel ban ruling

Martha Pollack

Cornell president Martha E. Pollack and the Einaudi Center's Comparative Muslim Societies Program (CMSP) each expressed concern about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling upholding President Donald J. Trump's ban on travel from several majority-Muslim countries.

In his campaign, Trump promised to bar all Muslims from entering the country. In June, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the ban as currently written does not violate the constitution. 

“The Court’s decision sends a signal to the world that the United States is no longer a welcoming place for international students and scholars,” Pollack wrote in a statement. Earlier, Cornell had joined 33 other institutions in an amicus brief arguing that the ban harms higher education.

Read President Pollack's statement

The CMSP issued the following statement in the wake of the ruling: 

There is no place for Islamophobia in this university, or indeed, in American society as a whole. The Comparative Muslim Societies Program represents a collective of scholars and students who are committed to studying Islam in the world, both in the Muslim world per se (stretching from Morocco to Indonesia), and also in places where Muslims form a distinct minority, including the United States.

This is a community of over one billion people and one that deserves to be accorded the respect that all other people are given. Recent charged rhetoric in our own country puts this very basic supposition in doubt. And rhetoric can become action, as we have seen with all-too-disastrous results in the past, across many countries and across different eras.

The Comparative Muslim Societies Program is committed to continuing a peaceful and respectful dialogue on the many worlds of Islam, both “out in the world” and here at Cornell. We affirm those values in these troubled times, and keep our own program as an open space to those who might feel fear in the face of stereotyping and outright, undisguised hatred.