Friday, February 3, 2017

OT- Scientific Societies call on Trump to rescind visa ban

More than 150 scientific societies and institutions, including the American Physical Society and the American Institute of Physics, have published an open letter calling on US president Donald Trump to reverse his 27 January executive order on visas and immigration. Last week, Trump signed an order that suspends the US Refugee Admissions Programme by 120 days with anyone arriving in the US from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – facing a 90 day visa ban. Drafted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the letter says that the order will "have a negative impact on the ability of scientists and engineers in industry and academia to enter, leave from and return to, the United States”, adding that the move will "discourage many of the best and brightest international students, scholars, engineers and scientists from studying and working in the United States". The societies add that they are ready to assist the administration with formulating an immigration and visa policy.

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