Silicon Valley CEO Blasts Immigration Policy

Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, sharply critized U.S. immigration policy during a Stanford University roundtable discussion last week. Stanford University President John Hennessy participated in the roundtable and offered criticism as well. Eric Schmidt questions how U.S. immigration laws allow us to take the smartest people who are going to build companies and pay taxes, and then have them do it in another country. He argues that we bring the smartest people in the world to Stanford, educate them, and then kick them out of the country.

John Henessy explained that graduate programs rely on foreign students because U.S. K-12 does not produce enough students for the graduate level. He also pushed for the Dream Act. The Dream Act would help all the students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as small children. Right now, these students attend universities, and then cannot even begin a career because they are in the U.S. illegally. The Dream Act would provide an avenue for these students to obtain legal immigration status.

Here's an excerpt of the Stanford Roundtable discussion.


Immigration Reform / by Michelle Gee