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COSSA Joins Scientific Societies in Raising Concerns with Visa Changes

COSSA joined 54 scientific societies on a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the Department of State raising concerns about the proposed supplemental questions for visa applicants. The letter discusses the community’s concerns about a possible chilling effect on international travelers to the United States, which would negatively impact U.S. higher education and scientific collaborations. The signatories also raise concerns about the lack of clarity on which visa applicants would be affected, that social media information would be collected, and that the burden of this proposed change would be carried by already vulnerable populations.

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Posted in Issue 11 (May 30), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

COSSA Joins Scientific Community in Call for End to Travel Ban

On January 31, COSSA joined over 170 other leading scientific organizations on a letter to the Trump Administration calling for it to rescind its January 27 executive order that placed a hold on legal travel to the for citizens of seven countries. The letter states that the undersigned organizations “are deeply concerned that this Executive Order will have a negative impact on the ability of scientists and engineers in industry and academia to enter, or leave from and return to, the. This will reduce U.S. science and engineering output to the detriment of America and Americans.” The letter is available in full here. Signatures are still being collected. COSSA’s Executive Director, Wendy Naus, discussed some of the potential implications of the Administration’s actions in recent article in the Huffington Post.

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Posted in Issue 3 (February 7), Update, Volume 36 (2017)

COSSA Joins Community in Opposing Conference Accountability Act of 2014

On September 8, COSSA joined 122 organizations representing health care providers, public health leaders, and medical researchers and the patients that benefit from their work on a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging them to oppose S. 1347, the Conference Accountability Act of 2014. (more…)

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Posted in Issue 17 (September 22), Update, Volume 33 (2014)

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