Stop Trump's Ban on Chinese Student Visas

Stop Trump's Ban on Chinese Student Visas

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Madeline Cooke started this petition to U.S. Senate

On May 27, 2020, Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) introduced the Secure Campus Act, which would prohibit Chinese nationals from receiving visas to the United States for graduate or post-graduate studies in STEM fields. 

Additionally, on May 29, 2020, the Trump administration released a presidential proclamation that aims to restrict Chinese graduate students and researchers from obtaining visas for entry to the United States. 

We, as researchers and academics, denounce the presidential proclamation and proposed legislation for the following reasons:

(1) The proclamation and legislation are discriminatory. They unfairly target individuals based on their country of origin, which is directly opposed to the values that we hold as citizens of the United States. A diversity of perspectives opens doors in the scientific community for new discoveries, and this discriminatory legislation will prevent collaborations between nations and individuals that lead to advancing scientific knowledge. 

(2) The individuals targeted by this proclamation and legislation are incredibly valuable members of the research community. They are our colleagues, our mentors, and our friends. Their presence significantly improves the quality of research that we are capable of achieving as researchers in the United States, and we believe that their absence will negatively impact the research community as a whole. 

(3)This proclamation and legislation is fear-mongering and creates a hostile environment for Chinese researchers currently residing in the United States. The presidential proclamation will not permit our peers the freedom to visit their families, to travel to other countries for their research or pleasure, or the peace of mind to focus on their scientific pursuits. 

(4) We do not believe that the proclamation and legislation reflect the values of the citizens of the United States. We believe that targeting individuals based on race, ethnicity, or country of origin goes against the values of the United States Constitution. 

We strongly oppose the presidential proclamation and the proposed legislation and encourage the president and our representatives to reconsider moving forward. 

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