Immigrants have always made important contributions to life in the United States. Immigration policy has been a hot topic of debate for more than a decade now. It’s an incredibly complicated issue, with more estimates of undocumented immigrants soaring over 11 million.
Current immigration debates are focusing on how the U.S. can keep talented immigrants, such as those who graduate from stateside universities with highly technical degrees, in the country instead of deporting them back to their homelands once their study visas expire.
It has been clearly shown that immigrants are contributing greatly to innovation and the economy. In 2011, more than 75% of the patents awarded in the U.S.’s 10 schools that receive the most patents had a foreign born inventor. Immigrants are also more likely than nationals to make an attempt at starting a business. A study by The Partnership for a New American Economy claims that more than 40% of Fortune 500 companies, including eBay, Intel, and Google, were started by immigrants or their children.
The way immigration laws are currently set up leads to many talented foreigners being kicked out of the country once they finish their schooling. This forces them to live elsewhere and compete with the United States. Retaining brilliant foreign individuals who worked hard and earned advanced degrees can only help.