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Statement from ASH President on Administration's Revised Executive Order on Immigration

(WASHINGTON, March 7, 2017) — In response to yesterday's signing of the Administration's revised executive order on immigration, American Society of Hematology President Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, issued the following statement:

“ASH remains concerned that the disruption and uncertainty in issuing and renewing visas could hurt patient care and scientific research in the United States by barring or dissuading talented physicians, researchers, and other individuals from coming to or remaining in our country. We reiterate the concerns outlined in our joint statement on the previous executive order and respectfully call on the White House to balance its duty to protect our borders with ensuring the United States attracts the strongest possible biomedical research workforce, which includes immigrants.”

The American Society of Hematology (www.hematology.org) is the world’s largest professional society of hematologists dedicated to furthering the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders affecting the blood. For more than 50 years, the Society has led the development of hematology as a discipline by promoting research, patient care, education, training, and advocacy in hematology. ASH publishes Blood (www.bloodjournal.org), the most cited peer-reviewed publication in the field, which is available weekly in print and online. In 2016, ASH launched Blood Advances (www.bloodadvances.org), an online, peer-reviewed open-access journal.

Stephen Fitzmaurice, American Society of Hematology
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