The American Thoracic Society issued a statement this week expressing dismay at the immigration ban enacted by President Trump last Friday (similar statements have been released by the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association.)

Finally, we would like to remind our friends and colleagues in the pulmonary, critical care and sleep communities that the ATS will do everything possible to provide a platform for the free and unrestricted exchange of scientific ideas and biomedical knowledge aimed at improving respiratory health around the world. This includes exploring new opportunities to bring our clinical and scientific resources to the global community. As a professional society, it is during these difficult times that we need to focus on the greater good and lend a helping hand to any of our colleagues in need.

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