For Immediate Release
ASAS Responds to March 6, 2017 Executive Order on Foreign Entry into U.S.
The American Society of Animal Science, in the interest of science and global cooperation to ensure worldwide food security, respectfully encourages the President to open scientific-related travel to citizens of all countries who would journey to the USA to promote scientific interactions.
Champaign, Ill. (March 8, 2017) — On March 6, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a new executive order1 that temporarily suspends entry of foreign-born travelers from certain countries2 into the United States. Although the order is more lenient than the initial order, as scientists ASAS believes the order is counter to the open exchange of scientific ideas required to address global issues associated with animal science, including: food security, sustainable production practices, animal health and animal welfare. ASAS recognizes that many countries, including several on the list, routinely regulate travel in and out of their countries; and as a global scientific society we believe that all such “travel bans” limit the free and necessary exchange of science.
The U.S. animal science community includes many foreign-born individuals who enter the U.S. with approved visitor, student, or employment visas. These individuals are a vital part of the international animal science community. Restricting the ability of these scientists to study or work within the U.S. or with U.S. scientists limits scientific discourse, prevents scientific exchange that is a cornerstone to fostering new ideas, and severely limits our long-term ability to produce enough animal-sourced foods to meet the growing global demand.
The new ban directly impacts travel to international ASAS events, and approximately 5% of abstracts received per year for various ASAS activities are submitted from one of the countries referenced in the current ban.
Therefore, the Board of Directors of the American Society of Animal Science, in the interest of science and global cooperation to ensure worldwide food security, respectfully encourages the President to open scientific-related travel to citizens of all countries who would journey to the USA to promote scientific interactions.
“As scientists we support the open exchange of scientific information and the need to include a diverse community of researchers throughout the world to solve the grand challenges facing society,” said Dr. Debora Hamernik, ASAS President.
Collaboration between animal scientists from around the world facilitates the discovery, sharing and application of scientific knowledge concerning the responsible use of animals to enhance human life and well-being.
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1 Executive Order: Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States (March 6, 2017, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary)
2 Fact Sheet: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States (March 6, 2017, U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
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