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Thousands of Academics Are Refusing to Travel to the US

Scholars around the world have pledged to forgo American academic conferences in response to Trump's travel and refugee bans.

by Julien Gignac
Feb 5 2017, 1:30pm

Over 6,000 academics around the world have now signed a petition urging scholars to opt out of U.S. academic conferences, in what appears to be one of the largest boycott efforts organized in response to President Donald Trump's travel and refugee bans, which were temporarily suspended on Friday.

The boycott is a show of solidarity with their Muslim cohorts who had been restricted from entering the country to partake in intellectual summits thanks to a brazen executive order that targeted seven countries where Islam is the prevailing religion.

The bans were halted on Friday, after a federal judge in Seattle ruled them unconstitutional, thus opening the U.S. borders again.

But the Trump administration has indicated it will fight back, with the president deriding the "so-called judge" on Twitter and declaring his ruling is "ridiculous and will be overturned."

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