We're scaring off future Einsteins

This article appeared in the print and online Opinion section of USA Today on March 17, 2017.

The United States used to welcome scientists and other luminaries from outside our country. This was true even in the 1930s during the rise of fascism in Europe. There was little doubt that the fascist leaders of Germany and Italy posed direct threats to our security, yet among those openly encouraged to seek refuge here were German scientists, many of them Jewish.

From 1930 to 1941, 12 Nobel winning scientists immigrated to America because of the Nazi threat, and most found academic homes in major research universities. The most famous was Albert Einstein, who left Germany in 1933 and became a U.S. citizen in 1940.

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