February 1, 2017


The American Institute of Biological Sciences signed a letter, along with 150 other scientific organizations, to express concern over a recent presidential executive order.

The executive order, signed on 27 January 2017, prevents citizens of seven countries from traveling into the U.S. The impact has been felt by foreign born scientists who have not been able to come to the U.S. for a scientific conference. Others are stranded abroad after conducting international research.

"The Executive Order will discourage many of the best and brightest international students, scholars, engineers and scientists from studying and working, attending academic and scientific conferences, or seeking to build new businesses in the United States," states the letter. "Implementation of this policy will compromise the United States' ability to attract international scientific talent and maintain scientific and economic leadership."

Read the letter.

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