Stuart Anderson, Forbes
Immigration has been a hot-button issue in America for over 150 years and may be for another couple of centuries. Still, amid the controversy, there are a number of facts that I’ve discovered through research about high-skilled immigrants that give a sense of the overlooked benefits and contributions of immigrants, as well as policies that warrant fixing in the U.S. immigration system.
Current Immigration Quotas Were Set Before Smartphones And The World Wide Web
The 1990 Immigration Act set into law the 140,000 quota on employment-based green cards, the per country limit, and the 65,000 annual limit on H-1B visas, which, with only minor modifications, have not changed in 25 years. But think for a moment about how much the world has changed over the past 26 years and how those changes have dramatically increased the demand for high-skilled labor.
High-Skill Visas Have Funded Over 70,000 Scholarships For U.S. Students In STEM Fields
42% of America’s Top Cancer Researchers are Immigrants
70% Or More Of Grad Students In Key Tech Fields Are International Students
More Than Half Of America’s Billion Dollar Startups Had An Immigrant Founder