One of the leading universities in the US, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), organized a protest against Trump’s executive order which bans immigrants and refugees from entering the United States. The protest exploded after one of the students, Niki Mossafer Rahmati, who was from Iran was blocked from her flight in Qatar despite having a valid student visa.
Amidst the freezing cold of Boston, about 200 MIT students congregated at the school’s Great Dome to show support for the mechanical engineering student, Rahmati and other students, staff, and families who were affected by the order.
The students joins thousands of protesters in Boston who marched along Harvard Bridge going to Copley Square. Along with thousands of protester, they share food and raise placards to go against Trump’s decision.
Many of the students who were there had their first protest experience. At first, they did not feel politically compelled to join such activities. But now that many of them are directly affected by the issue, they are now serious to go against Trump.
Trump also raised tensions in the scientific community in general since he has some different views about Climate Change calling it a “hoax” and plans to pull out American support of the Paris agreement.
The president’s bias for an alternate view on climate change and prejudice against Muslim immigrants tremendously affected the atmosphere in MIT campus. MIT has a high percentage (42%) of international graduate students with 7% of which are coming from the middle east.
Seeing researchers, students, and other academicians suffer because of such political decision can be detrimental to sustainable progress in the country and also the world.
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