ASAS Statement on Executive Order Blocking Visas
The American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) understands that good science benefits from a diversity of thoughts, perspectives, ideas, and experiences. We value our scientists, students, and professional members, regardless of their race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, background, country of origin, experiences, or viewpoints. ASAS is committed to advancing science and to continuing to bring forth discoveries and solve problems.
President Trump implemented the Executive Order “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak,” extending the ban on new immigrant worker visas until December 31, 2020 and increasing restrictions on the issuance of green cards. ASAS is opposed to the President’s Executive Order, as it will restrict innovation and bans animal scientists and students who are currently abroad from contributing to the critical work of advancing animal science that is in the national interest.
Without the ability to engage a diversity of talent, significant discoveries in the field of animal science would not exist. This Executive Order will detract brilliant scientists and students around the world from conducting research in America, and stifle growth in the field of animal science and agriculture. The Trump Administration has rightly acknowledged that food and agriculture are important parts of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Unfortunately, the Executive Order hampers the ability of the animal science community to support these essential functions.
Our mission, to foster the discovery, sharing, and application of scientific knowledge concerning the care and responsible use of animals to enhance animal and human health and well-being, depends on scientists all over the world. We encourage President Trump to recognize that allowing international students and scientists to continue to contribute to the breakthroughs in animal science is in the national interest, and reverse the Executive Order.