NPA Responds to Immigration Concerns
Friday, February 3, 2017
February 3, 2017*
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is deeply concerned about how the recent immigration executive orders have impacted our community and is working towards its revocation. The NPA joined 164 other scientific, engineering, and academic organizations in calling for the executive order to be rescinded in a letter sent to the President on January 31. The NPA is committed to promoting diversity and ensuring equal opportunity and inclusion for all postdocs regardless of race, ethnicity and national origin.
Although the order is no longer being applied to legal permanent residents (green card holders), we fear the negative impacts of the executive order on the U.S. research enterprise will continue as long as the travel of so many scientists who are foreign nationals is restricted. The ban on entrance of foreign nationals from seven countries prevents many scientists who were abroad from returning to work or starting accepted positions. It also affects citizens of those countries currently in the United States, who would be unable to re-enter the United States if they travel abroad, for instance, to visit family or attend international conferences, an integral part of their job. These limitations are particularly problematic for postdocs who often face intense competition and must be able to perform all aspects of their job responsibilities.
Our foreign national colleagues are an invaluable force for innovation in U.S. research and engineering. The response from many scientists, academics and societies at large is a powerful demonstration that our communities wish to welcome immigrants with ample opportunity, respect, and protected rights under the law. Our participation and our voices are critical to preserving these founding principles. The NPA will continue to advocate for postdocs who are affected.
NPA Advisor Brendan Delaney has provided comments on the executive order and points to consider for any postdocs who might be affected, which will continue to be updated as key developments arise.
*This is an update from a previously released statement
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