In Buzzfeed News: Why immigration is important for American science

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Bassam Shakhashiri (right), professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with help from UW-Madison mascot Bucky Badger (left), performs before an audience filled with children and their parents during his annual "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery In the Lab of Shakhashiri" demonstration program. (Photo by Bryce Richter, UW-Madison)

Immigration is vital for progress, say scientific leaders, including chemistry professor Bassam Shakhashiri:

“It’s not only science and technology that we’re concerned about. It’s about human decency and dignity for everybody."

Shakhashiri came to the US from Lebanon in 1957. He became a US citizen in 1974, and vividly recalls that day: “The federal judge who swore me in as a citizen welcomed us and said, among other things: ‘Enjoy your freedoms.’”

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