With all of the attention that foreign nationals have received in the media lately after the implementation of President Barack Obama’s deferred action program for youth, the spotlight has shifted to international students.
Immigration experts have been advocating the idea of giving green cards to highly skilled international students to keep these individuals and their talents in the United States.
“Highly skilled immigrants are productive, net-positive members of American society, just like highly skilled Americans,” Craig Montouri wrote in a recent article for Forbes. “This country has a certain median production per capita, and anything that increases that median means more economic growth for America. More economic growth means more and better opportunities for native-born Americans.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at the forefront of the initiative, saying that offering green cards to students could be a viable way to fix economic problems in the United States.
“I know of no ways to help our economy as quickly and as cost-free as opening up proper ways to help people who will come here, create jobs, create businesses, help our universities, “ Bloomberg told The Associated Press. “Immigration is what built the country, immigration is what kept this country going for the last 235 years and now we seem to have walked away from it.”
Bloomberg published an editorial in Bloomberg News citing specific proposals that could help fix immigration policy and the economy. The ideas included giving green cards to top international graduate students at U.S. universities and creating a new visa specifically for entrepreneurs and guest workers doing seasonal labor.
While several elected officials are working to make it easier for college graduates to get green cards, Congress has yet to act on this initiative.
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