"Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country," Obama said.
Currently, the U.S. is the global leader in educating and training the next generation of scientists, engineers, and other highly skilled workers who will significantly advance their respective industries in this century. However, our antiquated immigration system does not reflect the currency of this structure. Rather than welcoming the opportunity to retain talented and highly skilled individuals, our current visa allotments force many of these individuals to return to their home countries.
In order to retain this talented workforce and ensure America’s prevalence in the global marketplace, congressional leaders need to address a system wherein students can be trained for highly skilled positions, but must return to their home countries to practice their trade. It makes little sense to provide this significant competitive advantage to our trading partners and potential adversaries, to the detriment of U.S. industry and defense.
Expanding visa allotments would not provide advantage in the job market to foreign nationals over U.S. citizens; it would simply allow foreign nationals to remain in the U.S. after receiving their degree if hired to a position utilizing their specific skill. Through the expansion of available visas, job creators can choose the best candidate for the offered position, regardless of nationality or citizenship status.
Obama has made clear that passing comprehensive immigration legislation will be a priority during his second term, and a measure that addresses the growing need to boost the number of visas available to foreign-born graduates of U.S. universities will likely be a cornerstone of forthcoming immigration legislation.
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