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George Mason University President Angel Cabrera said more restrictive immigration policies could threaten the future of regional and national biotechnology industries.

“It is critical for universities to act both as producers of [science, technology, engineering and math] talent and as magnets for top STEM faculty and researchers from around the world. That is our biggest role in the ecosystem,” Cabrera said. “When we mess with immigration policy, our whole system of science and innovation is at stake.