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Immigration and International Education in America

From The Pie News:


Obama to prioritise immigration reform in 2014.  President Barack Obama reiterated his intention to fix the US’s  “broken immigration system” in his State of the Union address to Congress yesterday. NAFSA have welcomed the address, which they say “once again acknowledges that immigration reform remains a top priority for the nation”.

Last June the Senate passed a bi-partisan comprehensive immigration bill that would give a pathway to citizenship to millions of undocumented immigrants as well as make green cards available to Master and PhD foreign STEM gradates.

In November, Republican John Boehner, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced that the Republican-controlled House would not negotiate the bill.

However, over the first few weeks of the year, Boehner and House leaders have shown signs that new legislation could appear soon….

…. International students and their families alone contributed $24 billion to the US economy and created or supported 313,000 jobs in the 2012-2013 academic year, according to a recent NAFSA study.’

From The FT:


Elite migrant workers must be welcomed, not attacked.  Skilled migrants boost their host cities by inspiring economic activity and job creation. Tom Perkins, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist, made a terrible mistake by comparing criticism of rich Americans – the “1 per cent” – to the Kristallnacht attack on Jews in Germany in 1938. Mr Perkins, co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, has since apologised.

He ought not to eulogise millionaires, let alone invoke the Nazis, but to focus on those who deserve a defence: employees of Google and other technology companies who commute to Silicon Valley on company buses from the city of San Francisco. His outburst was partly prompted by demonstrations in the city against the “technogeek” migrants…

… What Mr Perkins should have said in support of the world’s educated migrants is this. Yes, they may raise property prices in cities such as London, San Francisco and Berlin, and change the culture in ways that upset some “long-time residents” in whose name the bus protests are held. But they bring many more benefits than costs.’

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