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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Atlantic Touts the Value of Immigrants in the U.S.


Today’s issue of the Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/12/the-no-brainer-issue-of-the-year-let-high-skill-immigrants-stay/250219/#.TvCuHbp_14g.facebook) discussed the importance of allowing an easy path to immigration for the world’s best and brightest. The article said: “High-skill immigrants innovate, patent, and start new firms at higher rates than natives. At least one-quarter of the new firms in technology and science fields, from software and semiconductors to biotech, are founded by immigrants. In Silicon Valley, more than half of the high-tech start-ups were founded by immigrants. High skill immigrants especially with degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (aka: STEM) create more jobs and higher wages for Americans. Increasing high-skill immigration is such a win-win policy for increasing innovation that it's tempting to call it a no-brainer.”

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