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How immigration restrictions are starting to hurt academic research

Jorge Cham of PhD Comics was nearly deported from the UK recently. His story is most interesting, and somewhat scary:

Deportation

From here. Part one here.

Who doesn’t believe that we allowed terrorism to win?

5 Comments

  1. My wife is a scientist. We are, here in the US, finding it more and more difficult to compete with the Europeans for top-talent because of all this stupidity. The Euro’s stay home and the many of the Asians like Europe better now. Even some US students/post-docs that would have stayed are having second thoughts…

    It’s pretty sad.

  2. The US, UK, and maybe some others, gave the terrorists a win beyond their wildest imaginings — to whatever extent W. Bush was right in saying that the terrorists hate our free and open societies, he gave them their greatest desire by making the society more closed.

    As it is, I’m fairly often the only US-born scientist around the table of scientific colleagues. If not the only, one of a minority. US science requires that people be able to come here to do science.

  3. Bill Morse Bill Morse

    I have probably said this before but I will say it again. You don’t resist terrorism with war, you resist terrorism with justice. And when you commit injustice against your own residents, you encourage terrorism.

  4. llewelly llewelly

    “allowed”?
    I guess things must be better in Australia. Here in America, we didn’t just “allow” terrorism to win, we made damn sure it steam rollered right over our rights to privacy, our constitutional protections from unreasonable search and seizure, our right to peaceably assemble, and other rights as well.

  5. J. J. Ramsey J. J. Ramsey

    Well, llewelly, the terrorists hate us for our freedom, right? So all we need to do is lose our freedom and the terrorists won’t bother us, right?

    Right?

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