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AAAS Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Travel Ban

"We are disappointed that the Supreme Court has decided to uphold the Trump administration’s travel ban. Recent White House statements and visa policies are discouraging many of the best and brightest international students, scholars, and scientists from choosing the United States to study and work. Scientific progress depends on openness, transparency, and the free flow of ideas; these principles have helped the United States to attract and richly benefit from international scientific talent. Overly restrictive visa policies threaten U.S. leadership in advancing scientific knowledge and innovation. We strongly recommend that the administration work with the scientific community to assess and develop policies that advance our nation’s prosperity, while staying true to our foundational American principles as a nation of immigrants.”

- Rush Holt, chief executive officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science, as well as Science Translational Medicine; Science Signaling; a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances; Science Immunology; and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The nonprofit AAAS is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For additional information about AAAS, see


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