In response to its Latino targeting anti-immigration law, honors students from outside of Arizona are ditching their plans of attending Arizona State University. This today at Inside Higher Ed:
President Robert E. Shelton released a letter in which he said: “We have already begun to feel an impact from SB1070. The families of a number of out-of-state students (to date all of them honors students) have told us that they are changing their plans and will be sending their children to universities in other states. This should sadden anyone who cares about attracting the best and brightest students to Arizona.” A spokesman for Arizona State University said that institution has received “several phone calls of applicants saying they won’t come now.”
And it’s even worse than this. In the President’s letter, he also alludes to the damage that the new law could have on the university’s international students and professors, as well as the university’s reputation:
[The new law] has raised worries about racial profiling along with troubling questions about how SB1070 will affect the University’s international community on our campuses.
The University of Arizona is an institution that is international in its impact and reach. We attract students and scholars from every corner of the world to our campus. On any given day there are literally hundreds of people here from around the globe. They come to our campus to learn, to collaborate in research projects, and to share the products of their own scholarship. . . .
Foreign students who have come to study at American universities are responsible for huge portions of the gains this nation has made in technology, medicine, materials, and so many other academic areas critical to our nation’s defense and economic prosperity. We must do everything possible to ensure that these students continue to feel welcomed and respected, despite the unmistakably negative message that this bill sends to many of them.
Sarah Palin admiring Tea Partiers ginning up anti-elitism and racial bigotry in a state like Arizona, and succeeding in getting reactionary laws passed by conservative legislators, have their consequences, don’t they?