Obama’s Tangled Immigration WebTue, 03/20/2012 - 15:18 — admin
March 19, 2012
President Barack Obama, in an interview on Univision Radio in February 2012, announced that he still had time in his presidency to figure out unresolved issues like comprehensive immigration reform.
Since many U.S. businesses depend on workers trained in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and since a growing number of U.S. students are incapable of doing much of this 21st century work, employers are seeking exchange students with STEM degrees.
As a result, the nation has a new source of illegal aliens in the form of foreign workers with STEM degrees from U.S. universities, workers whose student visas have expired.
These qualified individuals, who wish to apply their acquired STEM skills in the USA, are finding it difficult to obtain work visas.
It is time to update U.S. immigration laws to accommodate STEM immigrant visa applicants.
James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994.