Opinion: Why California should retain foreign students

In a matter that affects the most populous state, California, the Obama Administration and the Department of Homeland Security are getting behind changes that would pave the way for highly educated and skilled foreign students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to remain in the United States after earning their advanced degrees here, says a commentator for Yahoo! News. Currently, our nation’s leading universities — including many in California — seek to enroll exceptionally bright students but then lose them to competing nations with more relaxed immigration laws. This anomaly was once again mentioned in President Obama’s inaugural address. Calling it a “Startup Visa,” it is a step forward by the DHS to ensure that the United States has the world’s most highly skilled workforce. Talented graduates are sorely needed by American employers, who indicate that there simply are not enough Americans of this caliber to fill all the roles necessary…

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