June 27, 2012
Nearly 100 university presidents have signed a letter urging the Obama administration and Congress to compromise on a solution that would grant top foreign-born students a pathway to remain in the U.S. after graduation, a proposal that they say has bipartisan support among voters.
The letter was sent in conjunction with a new report finding that foreign-born inventors were involved with 76 percent of patents awarded to the top 10 American research universities.
The efforts were announced Tuesday by the Partnership for a New American Economy, an immigration-reform group cochaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and whose membership includes hundreds of mayors and business leaders. The partnership supports immigration reform as a means to create American jobs and boost economic growth.