Lose-Lose strategies diminish U.S. competitiveness

Ill-conceived, short-sighted U.S. immigration policy mixed with university and college policies to recruit full-paying foreign students over qualified in-state students diminishes our human capital

The New York Times reported recently on an increasing trend at U.S. colleges and universities to recruit foreign students who can pay full tuition in the hope of mitigating budget shortfalls. In fact, many universities that are active in international recruitment state explicitly that the higher tuition paid by foreign students subsidizes low-income – usually in-state – students. On the other hand, increased numbers of foreign students paying “full freight” are already crowding out admission slots for deserving in-state/domestic students.

On the back-end, when these foreign students complete their undergraduate or graduate studies, they face a daunting set of immigration hurdles to remain in the U.S. to work while other countries such as Canada, Australia and South Africa actively court them and often lucrative jobs await them back home in India and China. Armed with their brand new U.S. university degrees and often unable to prevail in the visa labyrinth, these talented graduates are leaving our shores in droves.

Limiting admission slots for domestic students on the front end and limiting job opportunities for “the best and the brightest” foreign grads on the back end is a “lose-lose” strategy for developing a well-educated, competitive work force.

Article categories: Immigration Policy and Legislative Initiatives

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