Phil Hauck's TEC Blog

Sunday, August 14, 2011

More on Immigration

A survey of the student finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search of high schoolers found that 70% were the children of immigrants. Remarkably, some 60% of the parents had entered the U.S. on H-1B visas, the ones for highly skilled workers brought in by companies. The annual allotment of H-1Bs is a mere 65,000 annually, well down from the 120,000+ authorized before 9/11.
Another survey showed that many U.S.-educated foreigners are returning home to found businesses; they find the atmosphere and potential greater back home, they say.
Unfortunately, the widespread publicity regarding "closing the borders" yields a backlash against other immigration opportunities as well. These well-educated don't feel very welcome, either. This is not a growth policy.

1 comment:

  1. Phil, Other countries, such as Canada, encourage the immigration of well educated or highly skilled immigrants. Why can't the USA do the same! Without population growth via immigrants, our economy would be even worse than it is... Just my opinion. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave