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Expert: I-Squared Bill Would Boost STEM-Based Economy

October 27, 2015 (1 min read)

NYT, Nov. 1, 2015 - "In a letter supporting the Senate bill, 14 associations representing thousands of higher education institutions described an urgent need: “According to projections, the United States will face a shortfall of more than 200,000 advanced-degree STEM workers by 2018,” the associations wrote. “In many STEM areas, foreign students are a majority of the Ph.D. graduates from U.S. universities.” It went on to say that the “immigration system forces many of them to leave, sacrificing the innovation and economic growth they would create here.” Or, as one prominent immigration lawyer, Stephen Yale-Loehr, put it: “Imagine if the next Google or Facebook were to be developed in India or China. All those jobs that could have been in the United States instead are being developed overseas and competing against our best companies.” "