Give Me Your Talented, Your Educated

By June 26, 2008Human Resources

George Will looks at immigration policy as it effects the inventive, the educated, the foreign. From “Building a Wall Against Talent“:

As soon as U.S. institutions of higher education have awarded you a PhD, equipping you to add vast value to the economy, get out. Go home. Or to Europe, which is responding to America’s folly with “blue cards” to expedite acceptance of the immigrants America is spurning.

Two-thirds of doctoral candidates in science and engineering in U.S. universities are foreign-born. But only 140,000 employment-based green cards are available annually, and 1 million educated professionals are waiting — often five or more years — for cards. Congress could quickly add a zero to the number available, thereby boosting the U.S. economy and complicating matters for America’s competitors.

An opportunity to note the NAM’s involvement in the Compete America alliance.

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