WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2017 — As the world’s largest scientific society, the American Chemical Society (ACS) expresses its concern over the Presidential Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” and the chilling effect this order may potentially have on the freedom of scientific exchange among scientists and students worldwide....
...While ACS understands the administration has communicated that the intent of the order is to prevent terrorists from entering the country, it feels that the order itself is overly broad in its reach, unfairly targets individuals from a handful of nations, ignores established mechanisms designed to achieve the ends sought by the order, and sets potential precedent for future executive orders.
The Society notes that reliable media sources are reporting that the executive order and its implementation have caused tremendous confusion both in the U.S. and worldwide, where individuals with valid green cards have been detained or otherwise prevented from completing previously approved travel to the U.S. Adding to the confusion are orders from several federal judges directing the administration to temporarily halt the travel ban...
ACS encourages the administration to revisit the executive order and seek less intrusive means to achieve its goals, including the use of existing programs.In related news, a few items:
- A petition from academics, opposed to President Trump's immigration executive order
- A "March for Science" that is (I presume) expressing opposition to the Trump Administration.
- Bibiana Campos Seijo's editorial observations in this week's C&EN about the first week of the Trump Administration, including a link to a PAC recruiting for Democratic scientists.