Foreign “Brain Drain” A Call For Immigration Reform

A May 7 article in U.S. News and World Report describes how retaining international students could help the economy and education system, citing a recent report by Immigration and Customs Enforcement which suggests that “America is experiencing an unnecessary ‘brain drain’ as a result of other countries’ greater willingness to embrace foreign students following graduation.”

According to Heather Stewart, counsel and director of immigration policy at the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), “it’s often difficult for international students to stay in the U.S. after graduation because the country’s immigration system runs counter to wanting to attract and retain these students.” When foreign graduates of U.S. universities leave, they take their potential contributions to the workforce with them, presenting a missed opportunity for the country. 

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