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STEM Visas Should Be No-Brainer In Immigration Debate

No-Way-Jose Wrote: Aug 20, 2013 12:35 PM
"The bill would make more H1-B visas available to foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced STEM degrees who are already in America, allowing us to capitalize on the investment we have made in educating these young people." Investments "we" have made? Who is we? If we are somehow subsidizing these foreign graduates then let's stop it immediately. Otherwise, these graduates are paying for their school and it is they who have made the investment, not a collective "we" or the implied American citizenry. It's a simple transaction. A foreign student pays for their schooling and receives their education in an American University. Nobody owes anyone anything further. Nobody is making an investment with some perceived further obligation beyond what they are paying for or providing. How sad, it used to be the exclusive domain of liberals to turn every form of Government spending into an investment. Now the open-borders wing of the GOP wants to turn amnesty into a form of collecting on some perceived "investment" that the taxpayers have already made.
scott s. Wrote: Aug 20, 2013 3:44 PM
It's a good deal for American research universities. They get a steady flow of cheap grad students to do the grunt work, then churn out PhDs in excess of the requirement so they are often stuck in dead-end "post-doc" jobs.
oracle1 in Atlanta Wrote: Aug 20, 2013 4:05 PM
I now teach college students, albeit just at a community college (second career after banking). I have long thought that the academic community pushes degree programs irrespective of demand for the degrees because the system needs bodies and money. They bray about how important college is, yet so many are without jobs even as some trade skills (things like plumbing) have seemingly vanished or gone wanting.