The January 27, 2017, White House Executive Order on visas and immigration has profound
implications for diplomatic, humanitarian, and national security interests, in part because of the
negative impact on U.S. science and engineering capacity.
The 164 undersigned organizations – representing a broad spectrum of professional scientific,
engineering and education societies, national associations, and universities – are deeply
concerned that this Executive Order will have a negative impact on the ability of scientists and
engineers in industry and academia to enter, or leave from and return to, the United States. This
will reduce U.S. science and engineering output to the detriment of America and Americans.
Scientific progress depends on openness, transparency, and the free flow of ideas and people,
and these principles have helped the United States attract and richly benefit from international
scientific talent. From the Apollo Program and exploring the far reaches of the universe, to
advancing biomedical research for curing diseases and harnessing science to build a thriving
high-tech sector, the United States is considered a leader in science, education and innovation. In
order to remain the world leader in advancing scientific knowledge and innovations, the U.S.
science and technology enterprise must continue to capitalize on the international and multicultural
environment within which it operates.
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. Implementation of this
policy will compromise the United States’ ability to attract international scientific talent and
maintain scientific and economic leadership.
Today, we urge the Administration to rescind the Executive Order and we stand ready to assist
you in crafting an immigration and visa policy that advances U.S. prosperity and ensures strong
borders while staying true to foundational American principles as a nation of immigrants.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Mathematical Association of America