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Bloomberg Businessweek: Let H-4 Spouses Work!

Immigration reform has dropped from the Congressional agenda for the foreseeable future – at least until after the mid-term elections in November, and likely not until the new Congress is sworn in next January – but the need for immigration reform continues, unabated. That’s the message of a recent commentary in Bloomberg Businessweek, by Harold [...]

MPI Report: Indian Diaspora Attains High Achievement in U.S.

IndianAmericans have come a long way in a short time. According to a new report from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington D.C., the Indian diaspora is growing ever more robust in this country. MPI’s fascinating demographic portrait shows vividly how one of America’s newest immigrant groups also turns [...]

Southern Border Crisis a Symptom of Long-Term Problems

The sudden surge of unaccompanied minors across our southwestern border caught nearly everyone by surprise, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CBP notes that although “overall border apprehensions have only slightly increased” in recent months, “and remain at historic lows,” the number of children caught attempting to enter the United States illegally has ballooned [...]

Immigration Rhetoric Still Lags Behind Reality

Our nation’s immigration debate is stuck in a rhetorical time warp that has yet to catch up with present-day reality, according to Ben Casselman of FiveThirtyEight.com. Much of what we think we know about immigration is outdated, he argues: although immigration demographics have changed in some striking ways, the conventional wisdom has not, and much [...]

Murthy Keynotes at Women’s Day at the LPGA International Crown Tournament

Sheela Murthy gave the opening keynote address at the recent Women’s Day at the LPGA International Crown Tournament. The event was held at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland, on July 24, 2014, and was sponsored by TESSCO Technologies, the Baltimore-based telecommunications company. It brought together leading international women professional golfers and [...]

What Immigration Fixes Might President Obama Do On His Own?

House Speaker John Boehner recently ended speculation about whether his chamber would consider companion legislation to the comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill that was passed by the Senate over a year ago. The answer: a flat “no,” kicking the can down the road until – presumably – sometime in the 114th Congress, when the GOP [...]

NAFSA: U.S. Needs to Attract More International Students

For a long time, global economic competition came down to this: who had the best products at the most favorable price. In today’s economy, it goes a step further. So much value is wrapped up in intellectual property and innovation – brilliant ideas, turned into products – that nations now compete to see who can [...]

Brookings Study: STEM Jobs Really ARE Harder to Fill

A new study from a respected Washington think tank, the nonpartisan Brookings Institution, corroborates the longstanding claims of American high-tech industries: that positions requiring advanced skills in science, technology, engineering, and math – the STEM fields – actually are much harder to fill than non-STEM job vacancies. The study also documents the extent to which [...]

ICIC Study: EB5 Program is Underutilized Tool of Urban Redevelopment

Many of America’s oldest cities share a common trait: an urban core that’s wasting away, even while surrounding suburbs and exurbs continue to grow. Instead of crying over spilled milk – the decades of planning decisions that privileged private cars over public transit, that encouraged flight to the suburbs, and so on – the most [...]

Obama Administration Prepares to Go It Alone on Immigration Reform

This is the way comprehensive immigration reform ends, at least for now: not with a bang, but a whimper. On June 30, 2014 – a year to the day after the Senate passed landmark immigration reform legislation – President Obama announced what most observers already suspected, that a House companion bill to the Senate’s CIR [...]

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