September 26, 2012
When the House failed to pass Rep. Lamar Smith’s STEM Jobs Act Thursday night, I cried for America. The bill would have reallocated 55,000 green cards to foreign-born graduates with advanced degrees in science, tech, engineering, and math (STEM). By deciding we don’t want to keep the world’s best and brightest, we squandered an easy, no-cost and long-term boost to our economy. Our political leaders decided to push our nation from world class to average.
Today, the world’s top students come to our universities. They dominate our STEM graduate programs. Each year, we invest several billion dollars in their training through National Science Foundation grants.