The Wall Street Journal Gets it Right on Immigration

By March 27, 2006General

Good editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal on immigration — the high-skilled end you don’t often hear about in this heated debate. Says the Journal:

It doesn’t make a lot of sense in today’s global marketplace to educate the best and brightest and send them away to England or India or China to start businesses and develop new technologies for U.S. competitors. But that’s exactly what current U.S. policy encourages by limiting the employment prospects of foreign students who would rather stay here.”

We’ve posted this chart many times, showing that an increasing number of advanced degrees in math, science and engineering are going to foreign-born students. U.S. policy ought to reflect this reality and make sure they stay here and become part of the great American story of innovation.