Business Tells Congress: Use China Bill to Import More Foreign Graduates

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  • Source: Breitbart
  • 05/12/2022

Business Tells Congress: Use China Bill to Import More Foreign Graduates

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  • Source: Breitbart
  • 05/12/2022

“The risks for American leadership are clear,” said the May 9 letter to the top four leaders in the House and Senate. “China is the most significant technological and geopolitical competitor our country has faced in recent times … Without [even more foreign graduates], it will be very hard for America to win,” said the signers, who are more than 40 advocates and former managers and leaders in the federal military, immigration, and science agencies.

The letter was sent to Congress as it tries to combine different Senate and House bills into a bill that will fund U.S.-based technologies and factories to counter China’s high-tech sector.

The letter asked Congress to let investors staff U.S.-funded facilities with an uncapped number of foreign workers with doctoral degrees from foreign and U.S. universities:
 
The House version [of the bill] passed with a provision (80303) exempting from green card caps those with advanced STEM degrees, the tech talent that America needs to compete with China. We urge the committee to retain this provision or some appropriately modified version in the final bill, so as to help address the national security and global competition issues addressed in this letter. As the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence put it, such targeted STEM talent reforms are “a national security imperative.”
 
 
The letter claims there is a shortage of U.S. experts in artificial intelligence and “semiconductor-related programs” and that U.S. national strength is based on importing “the world’s best and brightest.”

But the letter sets no limits on the desired inflow. Instead, it suggests that investors want ordinary foreign graduates for a very wide variety of jobs that are sought by American graduates. “Global STEM talent drives American leadership in critical sectors that underpin the defense industrial base, from computing to aerospace … America’s efforts to onshore critical supply chains will not succeed unless it also onshores the talent necessary to compete,” the letter says.

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