US president Donald Trump's Executive Order 13769, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a terrible idea for many different reasons and has been widely condemned. Banning people due to their refugee status, religion or national origin has no place in a civilized society. while it has been overturned in court, it appears that Trump is going to try again with a new Order.
The purpose of this post isn't to go into the details of the Executive order or to analyse the myriad reasons why it's a terrible idea, but rather to share a detailed cross section of commentary and analysis as to why the ban is a terrible idea for the United States' scientific culture and practice in particular. The main reason is that it curtails the free flow of people and ideas in general and affects the individual lives of many innocent scientists at all career levels.
Below is a selection of readings, in no particular order. While this list isn't meant to be comprehensive, if I've missed something important either in terms of whole issues or particular items, please let me know in the comments or at dupuisj at gmail dot com.
- Scientific Societies Respond to Trump Immigration Order: More than 150 scientific societies have objected to the new president’s executive order, arguing that it will hinder international collaboration and make America less competitive
- Trump’s Ban Isn’t Just Inhumane—It’ll Make America Dumber
- Trump’s travel ban is already stopping scientific collaboration
- International Council for Science (ICSU) calls on the government of the United States to rescind the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”
- American Chemical Society statement on the Presidential Executive Order: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”
- 97 tech companies large and small sign a legal brief opposing Trump's #muslimban
- Trump’s brain drain: The president’s Muslim ban is causing scientists to think about moving to Canada
- U.S. immigration ban undermines scientists
- Obama science adviser: Trump immigration ban ‘an abomination’
- Scientists in Canada Are Organizing a Boycott Against US Conferences
- Elon Musk posts, then deletes, tweets calling Trump’s immigration ban “not right”
- Thousands of academics sign letter opposing Trump's travel ban
- Read Harvard University President’s Full Response to Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban
- Chilling implications of immigrant ban
- Scientists face 'nightmare' amid Trump's Muslim ban
- Scientists speak out against U.S. President Trump’s immigration ban
- Canada under pressure to counter Trump's 'Muslim ban'
- Immigrants in US eye Canada as Trump threatens new travel ban
- Interest in travel to the US has plummeted since Trump became president
- Universities tell judge travel ban hurts schools, students
- Surprising Ways Science Survives Travel Bans and Gag Orders
- Mozilla Files Brief Against U.S. Immigration Executive Order
- Scientists lend out their labs in wake of Trump ban, and malaria mosquitoes fight back
- Silicon Valley is making plans to move foreign-born workers to Canada
- Emmanuel Macron enjoins uneasy US scientists: 'Move to France'
- How Trump's travel ban could mean a brain gain for Canadian universities
- Harvard, Yale and Stanford Among 17 Colleges Joining Fight Against Trump's Travel Ban
Individual Stories & Other Impacts
- Stanford student sues Trump over travel ban
- Sudanese student at Stanford detained, handcuffed at JFK airport
- Trump travel ban has Iranian scientists looking for new places to do research
- Scientists offer lab space to colleagues stranded by U.S. ban
- Trump Created a Wandering Band of Excellent Scientists: Banned from the U.S. and unsupported at home, Iranian scientists have nowhere to go.
- 21 World-Renowned Scientists Facing the American Travel Ban
- Science is not “just another belief system,” says AAAS president
- Drop in foreign applicants worries engineering schools
- Meet the Scientists Hit by Trump’s Immigration Ban
- Trump’s immigration ban stranded a scientist with no job and no home
- Trump's immigration ban is already having a chilling effect on science
- Meet the scientists affected by Trump’s immigration ban
- Scientists’ lives upended by Trump’s immigration order
- Interviews with Silicon Valley employees affected by new immigration policies
- Scientists Skip International Meeting Due to Fear of U.S. Travel
- These Climate Scientists' Lives Were Upended by Trump's Immigration Order
- Immigration Ban Takes Toll on Earth and Space Scientists
- Trump’s immigration ban stranded a scientist with no job and no home
- A US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone
- Trump's travel ban causing angst for America's health system
- Healthcare and Trump's travel ban: data shows success of doctors trained abroad
- How Trump's Travel Ban Worsens Doctor Shortage
- Trump Travel Ban Spotlights U.S. Dependence On Foreign-Born Doctors
Previous Donald Trump War on Science Related Posts
- 2016.11.11. Documenting the Donald Trump War on Science: Pre-Inauguration Edition
- 2016.11.17. Presentation: The Conservative War on Science: What’s a Librarian to Do?
- 2017.01.06. Friday Freak Out: Dystopian reading for a nervous new year
- 2017.01.13. Friday Fun: Trump To Require All Science Article Peer Review Reports to End with the Word “Sad!”
- 2017.01.21. Around the Web: Saving Government Data from the Trumpocalypse
- 2017.01.25. The Trump War on Science: What Can the US Learn From Canada’s Experience?
- 2017.01.27. Friday Fun: National Park Service Temporarily Ordered To Stop Tweeting: Reactions From Wildlife
- 2017.01.27. The Donald Trump War on Science: Scholarly and Professional Society Statements in Support of Open Science Communications
- 2017.01.30. The Donald Trump War on Science: Week 1: How bad could it be?
- 2017.02.05. More on what US scientists can learn from the Canadian War on Science
- 2017.02.13. The Trump War on Science: Is the March for Science too political or not political enough?
The posts are all tagged here.
I fail to see how it’s such a terrible idea to protect the people of the United States from a group of foreigners that don’t hold the same values and ethics that most Americans do. Europe is already seeing the mistake they have made by letting so many undocumented people within their borders. Higher crime rates in Germany and Sweden show how they are a danger to whatever country they migrate to. Not all refugees are terrorist, not even most of them but I’m not willing to take the chance that there would be any among them. If you had a hand full of small candies and one of them was filled with a poison and looked just like the rest of them, would you start eating them? Of course not. You wouldn’t compromise the safety of your body so why would you compromise the safety of your country? They can slip by easy enough already, but if we let in so many undocumented refugees how can we see how many of them have ties with ISIS or any other terrorist organization. I feel terrible for these people that have lived through the destruction of their country by the hands of their own leader, but it is simply too dangerous to let them into our country.
NHMtsusp17 - You also fail to see the fact that immigration has NOT increased Swedish crime rates", the elementary logic involving refugees being those trying to escape from fanatical ideology rather than perpetuate it, and the obligations of compassion towards those in desperate need.
In short, you fail as a human being, period.
"They can slip by easy enough already,..."
Umm no, I know the right tries to sell that particular line of crap all the time but it isn't true.
It's always sad to see someone (you, in this case) repeat a long list of talking points that are merely camouflaged statements of dislike of people who are not like you. It is even more sad that, despite the ample evidence that your assertions about Germany and Sweden aren't true, you people continue to repeat them. We in the US are supposed to be better than that.