A commentary in the Detroit News points out the fact that economic growth is driven by knowledge, and states that “America’s immigration laws artificially limit our capacity for technological advancement.”
Of the eight American citizens who received Nobel Prizes in the science categories, five are immigrants to the United States. This should be a counterweight to the persistent critics of immigration, but it remained unknown. In the immigration debate, the contribution of highly educated and skilled immigrants to American technology and science is often ignored.
That contribution cannot be overestimated. One-quarter of American Nobel Prize winners since 1901 have been immigrants. Today, a third of all the scientists and engineers in Silicon Valley are immigrants or foreign-born. Furthermore, 40 percent of the Ph.D. scientists working in the United States are foreign-born. Unfortunately, our immigration laws ignore these facts
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