No. 3: Christopher Eisgruber

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Eisgruber has led Princeton University for almost six years. Amid a national conversation about immigration, he has pledged his support for immigrants coming to the U.S. for college. And he’s backed up his rhetoric by contacting the State and Homeland Security departments to voice concern over proposed policy changes that would reduce the flow of incoming students. In August 2018 a federal court in Washington, D.C., reaffirmed its earlier ruling in a lawsuit brought by Princeton, one of its undergraduate students and Microsoft that the federal government’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was unlawful.

“We are very pleased that the court reaffirmed its ruling that the government’s termination of the DACA program ‘was unlawful and must be set aside,’” Eisgruber said. “As the court noted, it ‘sees no reason to change its earlier determination that DACA’s rescission was arbitrary and capricious.’”

This sort of activism carries weight: Princeton is consistently ranked among the top five universities in the country — and recently topped the list published by U.S. News and World Report.

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