By Walter A. Ewing, Immigration Policy Center
The U.S. immigration system undermines the U.S. economy in many ways. Two particularly glaring (and interrelated) examples concern foreign students and high-tech workers.
Each year, foreign students graduate from U.S. universities, often with in-demand science and engineering degrees. Yet many are forced to return to their home countries rather than putting their newly acquired knowledge to work here. Likewise, each year many high-tech workers from abroad (some of whom studied in U.S. universities) are forced to return home when their temporary work visas expire, regardless of how valuable their continuing contributions to the U.S. economy might be.
Both of these scenarios are nonsensical. That is why President Obama said in his inaugural address that the nation’s work will not be complete “until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.”
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