Congress Fails On A No-Brainer

San Antonio Express-News
September 26, 2012

How many members of Congress could be against a modest immigration proposal that would allow foreign graduates of American universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math to obtain green cards? Enough to kill a common-sense bill to keep some of the world’s brightest minds working in the United States and invigorating the U.S. economy.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, authored the STEM Jobs Act. It would have granted 55,000 green cards to advanced high-tech graduates who want to work in the United States — just like the immigrant entrepreneurs who started businesses such as eBay, Google, Intel and Yahoo.

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