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Immigrants are important to U.S. science and engineering

A recent article by The American Immigration Council discusses two new reports by The National Foundation for American Policy. One report highlights the increasing importance of immigrants to science and engineering in America. Among the report’s various findings are that 42 percent of researchers at the top seven cancer research centers are foreign-born. Additionally, the Chicago Tribune highlighted the report’s findings, noting that immigrants have been awarded over one-third of Nobel Prizes won by Americans in Chemistry, Medicine and Physics since 2000. The second report describes problems with our current employment-based immigration system and also discusses U.S. House and Senate legislation on high skill immigration over the past year. Stuart Anderson, executive director of the National Foundation for American Policy, and author of the two reports, said that “Immigrants have historically been important to the country but those contributions, particularly in science, engineering, medical research and business startups, have increased significantly over the past 20 to 30 years. Establishing the right set of laws and policies has become even more important.”

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