Tightened restrictions on international visits to the United States
are crimping scientific and medical research, says an open letter from the
presidents of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering,
and Institute of Medicine.
In a strong statement, Bruce Alberts, PhD, William Wulf, PhD, and Harvey
Fineberg, MD, PhD, implored the federal government to reverse the situation.
"[R]ecent efforts by our government to constrain the flow of international
visitors in the name of national security are having serious unintended consequences
for American science, engineering, and medicine," they wrote. "The evidence
we have collected . . . reveals that ongoing research collaborations have
been hampered; that outstanding young scientists, engineers, and health researchers
have been prevented from or delayed in entering this country; that important
international conferences have been canceled or negatively impacted; and that
such conferences will be moved out of the United States . . . if the situation
is not corrected."
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