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Anti-Immigration Rhetoric Is a Threat to American Leadership


U.S. flag with immigrants' faces

Credit: Huffington Post

America's universities are the best in the world. The quality of the students, faculty, teaching, infrastructure, the commitment to academic freedom, and the extraordinary research opportunities attract the best and brightest people from around the globe to the United States. 

Last year six recipients of the Nobel Prize were working at American universities. All six were foreign born. And 2016 was no fluke. In all, 42 percent of the Nobel Prizes awarded between 1901 and 2015 went to individuals working/living in the United States, and nearly one third of those recipients were born outside the U.S.

But now this is all at risk. New immigration policies, coupled with xenophobic rhetoric and actions both before and after the election, are undoing the compact between the United States and those seeking opportunity from around the world. 

From Scientific American
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