The Roanoke Times
November 27, 2012
The STEM Jobs Act, scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives this week, is not a perfect bill. It is, however, an affirmative sign that Congress may finally be ready to address serious immigration reform.
The measure, expected to pass the Republican-controlled chamber, would expand the availability of visas for foreign doctoral and masters graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Many of these bright young men and women studying at American universities are certain to become job creators. The question is whether they will stay in the United States or take their skills and their entrepreneurial aspirations to countries with accessible immigration policies and aggressive recruitment programs.