Should High-Skilled Immigrants Get Special Treatment?

The Christian Science Monitor
September 16, 2012

Some in Congress want to give special visas to foreign-born graduates of American universities with advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math. But critics say it could come at the expense of diversity in legal immigration.

“These students have the ability to start a company that creates jobs or come up with an invention that could jump-start a whole new industry,” said Representative [Lamar] Smith [R-Texas], a frequent critic of the administration’s immigration policy, in a statement. “In a global economy, we cannot afford to educate these foreign graduates in the US and then send them back home to work for our competitors.”

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