The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) calls on the United States government to immediately rescind the January 27, 2017 executive order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” which suspends entry to the United States for all refugees for 120 days; bars Syrian refugees entirely; and blocks entry to the United States to citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for a period of 90 days. This order is antithetical to the values of human rights and cultural pluralism which the United States holds dear, and it is likely to have a deleterious effect on efforts to promote those values abroad.

As a science dedicated to the study of human language, linguistics strives to understand the diversity of language and the cultures in which they are embedded. The immigration ban limits the ability of scholars and students to pursue linguistic research which is often transnational. The ban brings danger and uncertainty to anyone engaged in education and knowledge, especially jeopardizing the ability of US institutions to host international conferences and events, including those related to language and linguistics.