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NYC mayor wants US to grant green cards to students

New York City Mayor Bloomberg thinks the rest of the country can benefit from recruiting immigrant students. Immigrants have contributed vastly here in New York where some boroughs would be ghost towns if it weren't for the arrival of new residents who made them vital again. The Mayor feels that cities like Detroit can thrive once again if the U.S. government would overhaul immigration policies for permanent residents.

Start with bringing students from around the world, he says, and then keep them here. Especially in today's digital age where we consistently need an expanding number of workers in science and technology fields. It is estimated that by 2018 American companies are going to need 2.8 million high-tech staffers and our colleges and universities will only graduate a projected half million of them.

The U.S. grants a mere 7 percent of green cards based on our employment requirements, whereas Canada provides 25 percent and Australia gives out 42 percent, according to the Partnership for a New American Economy. Yet, our foreign students dominate the tech and science programs, but we don't keep them here. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency's crackdown on undocumented workers have inflicted economic damage and will continue to do so, the mayor says.

The mayor says we should import and educate both low and high tech students to fill the need of our workforce. Without doing so, he says we will never be able to continue growing the financial health of the country.

Currently, once students complete their initial schooling, they can apply to a graduate program, or transfer to a different program at the same school or another school. They can participate in optional practical training which allows them to work in the U.S. after their program end date. Students can also change their visa classification.

Source: nydailynews.com, "Mayor Bloomberg shows the way to real immigration reform," May 27, 2012

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