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Executive order on immigration will affect some foreign-born scientists ?>

Executive order on immigration will affect some foreign-born scientists

Four provisions included in President Obama’s executive order on immigration, announced Thursday, will make it easier for some foreign-born scientists to find jobs in the U.S. One provision applies to foreign-born students studying at U.S. institutions, while the remaining three address skilled foreign workers seeking work in the U.S.

What we’re watching in 2014: Immigration reform ?>

What we’re watching in 2014: Immigration reform

Immigration is an issue that affects many segments of the population, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals. Due to the complexity of immigration, agreeing on a bipartisan comprehensive bill is proving to be difficult. In the U.S. Senate, Democrats and Republicans were able to work together to pass a bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, that covers a pathway to citizenship, increased border security and new visa allocations, among many other provisions. So how does…

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Science Policy Roundup: November 8, 2013 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: November 8, 2013

The world of science policy can be hard to keep up with, especially when a scientist is consumed at the bench. That’s where the Policy Blotter comes in! Starting now, the Science Policy Roundup will feature the week’s science policy news. The National Institutes of Health was highlighted in speeches by U.S. Senators Bob Casey, D-Penn., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Both called for an increase in the NIH budget. “Sen. Casey: Congress cannot allow budget fight to affect medical research”…

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ASBMB responds to immigration reform proposal ?>

ASBMB responds to immigration reform proposal

On Monday, a group of eight senators—four Republicans and four Democrats—unveiled a framework for an immigration-reform plan. The Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 would, among other things, increase the number of visas available for foreign-born workers and students graduating with advanced degrees. Additionally, a portion of the fees spent to obtain these visas would be set aside in an account to be used specifically for training science, technology, engineering and math education programs. President Obama also has said he plans…

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Our legislative prognostications ?>

Our legislative prognostications

In the December edition of ASBMB Today, we discussed how scientific research would be affected by some of the pieces of legislation under consideration by the lame-duck Congress. We also made predictions on the outcomes of each of those pieces of legislation. How did we do? Sequestration Our prediction: We predicted a 70 percent chance Congress would achieve a compromise plan that replaced sequestration, a 20 percent chance Congress would postpone it and a 10 percent chance it would go…

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President Obama highlights the importance of basic research in the State of the Union address ?>

President Obama highlights the importance of basic research in the State of the Union address

In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama called economic fairness “the defining issue of our time.” In addition to focusing on tax reform, foreign policy and domestic job creation, the president also drew attention to several topics of interest to the biomedical research community, particularly, the importance of federal support for basic research. “Innovation also demands basic research. Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill…

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Growing congressional support for STEM immigration reform ?>

Growing congressional support for STEM immigration reform

Congress could be making a move on legislation that would allow foreign-born students who have earned graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields while in the United States to gain permanent U.S. residency status. On Oct. 5, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held an immigration-reform hearing that included discussion about retaining students trained in STEM fields. Four witnesses from academia, university administration and industry testified about the role of STEM-trained workers in maintaining America’s international competitiveness. The…

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